The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest member of the Felidae family. With its distinguishable stripes, the big cat is one of the world’s most iconic animals being adopted adopted as the mascot for sporting teams around the world, and featuring on coats of arms and in mythology and folklore.
Here are some facts and figures about one of the world’s most recognisable carnivores:
- Tigers can consume over 90 pounds (40.8 kg) of meat in one sitting
- They are one of the only cats that enjoy the water and are strong swimmers
- Tigers can jump more than 30 feet (9.1 metres) in one leap
- They can move up to 30 feet in one second
- A group of tigers is called a ‘streak’ however they are more likely to be solitary animals
- Tigers are primarily nocturnal hunters that can see six times better than humans in the dark
- They don’t roar very often but when they do they can be heard over 1 mile (1.6 km) away.
- No two tigers have the same stripe pattern and these patterns are found not just on their coats but on their skin