One of the most iconic of the ‘big cats’ the Bengal tiger is a tiger subspecies native to the Indian subcontinent and one of the biggest wild cats alive today. Easily identified by their orange fur and black stipes, male Bengal tigers can grow up to 320 cm long and weight up to 325 kg.
Living solitary lives, Bengal tigers are excellent hunters with a diet consisting of deer, buffalo, wild goat and hog. Bengal tigers rarely congregate unless there is an abundance of food or to mate with the exception being for a mother and cubs, who will stay together for three years until they are able to make their way safely on their own.
Over the past century tiger numbers have fallen by 97% with an estimated 2,500 individuals Bengal tigers left in the wild. While urbanization has made a large impact, the main threat to these apex predators is poaching by well organised gangs of professional poachers, who kill them for their hides and bones which are traded illegally in countries including India, Nepal and China.
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