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Bengal Tiger

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Bengal Tiger Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Mammalia
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Carnivora
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Felidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family
Panthera
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Panthera Tigris Tigris
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Mammal
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Carnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
2.4m - 3.3m (6.8ft - 11ft)
Weight:
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
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Endangered
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Orange, Black, White
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Fur
Favourite Food:Deer
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Dense tropical forest and mangroves
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
3
Main Prey:Deer, Cattle, Wild Boar
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Human
Special Features:Striped fur and large body size

Bengal Tiger Location

Map of Bengal Tiger Locations
Map of Asia

Bengal Tiger

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.

Bengal Tiger Translations

български език
Бенгалски тигър
Deutsch
Königstiger, Bengalischer Tiger
English
Bengal Tiger
Español
Tigre de Bengala
Suomi
Intiantiikeri
Français
Tigre du Bengale
עִבְרִית
טיגריס בנגלי
Hrvatski
Bengalski tigar
日本語
ベンガルトラ
Nederlands
Bengaalse tijger
Norsk
Bengaltiger
Polski
Tygrys bengalski
Português
Tigre de Bengala
Româna
Tigru Bengalez
Svenska
Bengalisk tiger
Türkçe
Bengal Kaplanı
中文
孟加拉虎

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First Published: 27th May 2010, Last Updated: 16th February 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 27 May 2010]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. David W. Macdonald, Oxford University Press (2010) The Encyclopedia Of Mammals [Accessed at: 27 May 2010]
4. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 27 May 2010]
5. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 27 May 2010]
6. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 27 May 2010]

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