As many of you may know, tigers are one of my favourite animals. Tigers are the largest cat, tipping the scales at an astonishing 300kg and reaching over three metres long. The beautifully camouflaged fur makes them stand out in zoos, however they will blend into the background in the shrubs and forests of their homelands.
How long to tigers live?
Tigers don’t usually last longer than 20 years, and less in the wild where fights and lack of food can cut the average lifespan in half. Until recently, the oldest tiger in the world was a handsome cat called Flavio, but sadly he passed away in early 2014 aged 26 years. You can read more about himhere.
Unlike lions, tigers are usually solitary animals, who like to live and hunt alone. They need large areas to live in and hunt, but as with all wild animals, mankind is rapidly destroying their habitat, leaving them to either starve, or wander into villages where they are killed.
Where do tigers live?
Tigers haven’t always been limited to jungles and inaccessible areas. In the past, thousands of tigers populated Asia, even in countries such as Russia and Turkey. Nowadays, however, tigers have been completely eradicated from many of these places. The only areas where tigers live in any abundance are Asia, however even there are now estimated to be less than 3000 wild tigers remaining in the world.
How to save the tigers.
With so few tigers left in the wild, it’s really a race against time to protect them from becoming one of the most tragic extinctions of the 21st century. Many international relief organisations have been set up to save the tiger including Save Tigers Now, by the WWF.
Also, in zoos around the world, research is taking place into tigers and other big cats, to ensure that they live on into the future for other generations to be fascinated and intrigued by these beautiful big cats. In the UK, you can also enjoy ‘feed the big cats’ experience days.
Famous tigers through history
Tony the tiger