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Bengal Tiger

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Male Bengal tiger, India
A Bengal Tiger at Bronx Zoo, New York.
A Bengal tiger in Bannerghatta National park in Bangalore
Two Bengal tigers, Karnataka, India
Two white Bengal Tigers from the Singapore Zoo
The Bengal tiger (also known as the Royal Bengal tiger) is a subspecies of tiger, found across the Indian subcontinent. The Bengal tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh and is considered to be the second largest tiger in the world.

The Bengal tiger is the most numerous species of tiger in Asia and is found in dense forests and mangrove swamps and jungles throughout India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, although the Bengal tiger's range today is much smaller than it once was.

The Bengal tiger is considered to be the second largest species of tiger, although recent reports suggest that the Bengal tiger is on average, larger than the Siberian tiger. The Bengal tiger has a yellow or light orange coat, with black or dark brown stripes and a white belly.

The white tiger is a Bengal tiger that has mutated genes, meaning that it is white in colour with black stripes. Black tigers are known to have black fur with lighter coloured stripes but are even rarer than the white tiger.

The Bengal tiger is a dominant and carnivorous predator, hunting its prey by stalking it until the Bengal tiger has the opportunity to catch it off guard. Bengal tigers primarily hunt larger mammals including deer, wild boar, cattle and goats.

Due to the size and power of the Bengal tiger, it has no natural predators in its native environment. Humans that hunt the Bengal tiger and habitat loss are the only threats to the Bengal tiger.

After a gestation period of 3 to 4 months, the female Bengal tiger gives birth to up to 5 cubs. Newborn Bengal tiger cubs weigh about 1 kg (2 lb) and are blind and helpless. The mother feeds them milk for about 2 months and then the Bengal tiger cubs are introduced to meat. Bengal tiger cubs depend on their mother for the first 18 months and then they start hunting on their own.

Today, due to habitat loss caused by deforestation, and hunting by human poachers, the Bengal tiger is considered to be an endangered species. Despite being the most common of all the tiger species, there are thought to be around 2,000 Bengal tigers left in the wild.

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Bengal Tiger Translations

Bulgarian български език
Бенгалски тигър
German Deutsch
Königstiger, Bengalischer Tiger
English English
Bengal Tiger
Spanish Español
Tigre de Bengala
Finnish Suomi
French Français
Tigre du Bengale
Hebrew עִבְרִית
טיגריס בנגלי
Croatian Hrvatski
Bengalski tigar
Japanese 日本語
Dutch Nederlands
Bengaalse tijger
Norwegian Norsk
Polish Polski
Tygrys bengalski
Portuguese Português
Tigre de Bengala
Romanian Româna
Tigru Bengalez
Swedish Svenska
Bengalisk tiger
Turkish Türkçe
Bengal Kaplanı
Chinese 中文

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Bengal Tiger Facts

Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
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Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Panthera Tigris Tigris
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
2.4m - 3.3m (6.8ft - 11ft)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
140kg - 300kg (309lbs - 660lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
96km/h (60mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
18 - 25 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Orange, Black, White
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Deer
The specific area where the animal lives...
Dense tropical forest and mangroves
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Deer, Cattle, Wild Boar
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Special Features:Striped fur and large body size

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