Tiger (Panthera tigris) Fact Sheet, 2009
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|Describer: Linnaeus (1758)
Species: Panthera tigris
Subspecies: P. t. altaica (Amur or Siberian)
Recently extinct subspecies:
Males: 100-261 kg (220-575 lb); up to 325 kg (716 lb) in zoos
Females: 75-177 kg (165-390 lb)
Head-Body Length :
Males: 189-300 cm (6.2-9.8 ft)
Females: 146-177 cm (4.8-5.8 ft)
Shoulder Height: 80-100 cm (2.6-3.3 ft)
Tail Length: 72-109 cm (2.4-3.6 ft)
Pelage: Black or brown stripes on a red-orange to golden yellow background. Underparts white or cream-colored. Backs of ears dark with a prominent white spot.
|Distribution & Status||Behavior & Ecology|
Habitat: Extremely varied; from tropical rain forest to temperate conifer-deciduous forest.
|Activity Cycle: Active day and night when not hunted by humans.
Social Groups: Solitary, except for females with cubs. Mating pair forms a temporary association.
Territoriality: Females hold small, mutually exclusive territories. Males hold territories which include as many female ranges as possible; male ranges do not typically overlap.
Communication: Vocalize and scent mark. Roar, purr, grunt, miaow, woof, growl, and hiss. Also produce a sambar, deer-like call. Scent-mark throughout territorial range. Visual signals used in close proximity; posture, facial expression signal intention.
Diet: Consume large and medium deer, wild pigs, antelope, water buffalo, and wild cattle.
Hunting Behavior: Hunt alone, solitary. Stalk-and-ambush prey. Kill by bite to back of neck or strangulation with a throat bite.
Threats: Humans are the only serious predator. Endangered due to hunting, poaching, and trade in tiger parts. Male tigers will rarely kill cubs. Injury from porcupine quills common. Shortage of prey limits available habitat. Habitat loss/fragmentation critical.
|Reproduction & Development||Species Highlights|
Sexual Maturity: Males: 4-5 years; females: 3-4 years.
Gestation: Average 103-106 days; range 97-110
Longevity: Up to 26 years in managed care and in wild
Feature Facts: Voted world's favorite animal in 2004 poll (50,000 people, 73 countries).
San Diego Zoo's Safari Park - 5-acre Tull Family Tiger Trail completed Spring 2014 (forested habitat including ponds, climbing rocks, birthing den). Resident at Park as of July 2013: 3 male, 3 female Sumatran tigers (P.t. sumatrae).
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