20 Facts About Tiger


Tiger is the largest living cat species and a member of the genus Panthera.

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Tiger cubs stay with their mother for about two years and then become independent, leaving their mother's home range to establish their own.

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Tiger is among the most recognisable and popular of the world's charismatic megafauna.

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Tiger's closest living relatives were previously thought to be the Panthera species lion, leopard and jaguar.

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Tiger has a muscular body with strong forelimbs, a large head and a tail that is about half the length of its body.

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Tiger's skull is similar to a lion's skull, with the frontal region usually less depressed or flattened, and a slightly longer postorbital region.

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Tiger historically ranged from eastern Turkey and Transcaucasia to the coast of the Sea of Japan, and from South Asia across Southeast Asia to the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali.

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In 1973, India's Project Tiger, started by Indira Gandhi, established numerous tiger reserves.

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Tiger population have been estimated using plaster casts of their pugmarks, although this method was criticized as being inaccurate.

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Tiger spray has been found to be just as good, or better, as a source of DNA than scat.

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Tiger has been one of the most sought after game animals of Asia.

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Tiger hunting took place on a large scale in the early 19th and 20th centuries, being a recognised and admired sport by the British in colonial India, the maharajas and aristocratic class of the erstwhile princely states of pre-independence India.

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Tiger hunting was done by some hunters on foot; others sat up on machans with a goat or buffalo tied out as bait; yet others on elephant-back.

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Tiger parts are commonly used as amulets in South and Southeast Asia.

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Tiger canines were found in Ambangan sites dating to the 10th to 12th centuries in Butuan, Mindanao.

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Tiger's was responsible for an estimated 430 human deaths, the most attacks known to be perpetrated by a single wild animal, by the time she was shot in 1907 by Jim Corbett.

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The White Tiger is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations.

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Tiger's tail appears in stories from countries including China and Korea, it being generally inadvisable to grasp a tiger by the tail.

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Tiger is one of the animals displayed on the Pashupati seal of the Indus Valley civilisation.

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The Tiger is featured on the logo of the Delhi Capitals IPL team.

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