Tiger's Stripes

Tiger's Stripes

Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur. Also, each tiger stripes are unique like fingerprints.

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The tiger is the largest wild cat in the world. The big cat weighs up to 720 pounds (363 kilograms), stretches 6 feet (2 meters) long.
100,000 wild tigers roamed Asia a century ago, but today their numbers have fallen to around 3,200 due to poaching.

Of this remnant population, just 1,000 are breeding females, individuals that hold the last hope for this magnificent and iconic great cat according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Tigers use their tails to communicate with one another. A tiger is relaxed if their tail is loosely hanging. Aggression is displayed by rapidly moving the tail from side to side or by holding it low with occasional intense twitches.

The tiger generally hunts alone, able to bring down prey such as deer and antelope. Unlike lions, tigers live solitary lives and mark their territories to keep others away. The life span of tigers in the wild is thought to be about 10 years. Tigers in zoos live twice as long.

A tiger's stripes help to break up the outline of its body and make it hard to see. They also look like shadows as the tiger stalks through long grass in the moonlight. Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur.

The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern. The species name Tigris is Greek for "arrow". It is thought that its name was derived from the straight (as an arrow) and fast-flowing Tigris.

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