#7. Tiger stripes are unique
Like a human’s fingerprints, every tiger’s stripes are individual, making their pattern completely unique.
#8. There are five sub-species of Tiger
The existing subspecies are Bengal, Indochinese, Sumatran, Siberian, Siberian, and Malayan.
Three subspecies (Javan, Caspian, and Bali) are extinct, and the South-China subspecies is also thought to be extinct.
#9. Tigers are pregnant for 3 months
Female tigers carry their cubs for about 3-3.5 months before giving birth. The average litter is three cubs, with each cub usually weighing about 2-3.5lbs at birth. The cubs will then stay with their mother for two years until they are mature.
#10. Tiger cubs are born blind
For the first few weeks after birth, tiger cubs are blind. They may open their eyes after their first week, but they won’t be able to see fully for another few weeks.
#11. Tigers are endangered
According to World Wildlife Fund, there is an estimate 3,900 tigers remaining in the wild. Although population numbers are seeing a slight increase, tigers remain an endangered species.
#12. Poaching is the main threat to tigers
While deforestation, smaller areas for hunting and less prey are all significant issues for tigers in the wild, hunting and poaching remain the main threat to tigers. International protection laws and dedicated wildlife rangers are used to try and keep tiger numbers from dropping further.