Tigers are CARNIVORES, usually hunting at night about once a week. As strong and stealthy predators they ambush their prey, which usually consists of deer, antelopes, wild pigs or water buffalo.
They live in tropical or evergreen forests, grasslands and mangrove swamps. Sumatran tigers are found only on the island of SUMATRA in Indonesia.
Sumatran tigers have webbed paws, which means that they’re brilliant SWIMMERS.
Sumatran tigers have white spots on their ears which act as FALSE EYES and make them look alert from behind
Tigers are the LARGEST of the big cats, and the largest carnivorous land mammal in the world.
Their natural habitat extends across Asia from Russia through to Summatra and Indochina. Of the nine subspeices of tiger, three are already extinct – Bali, Caspian and Javan.
Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the subspecies. They have webbed paws, which means that they’re brilliant swimmers and they often take to the water to cool off. Their stunning coats of orange and black stripes are unique to each animal and help them to camouflage by breaking up their body shape. Sumatran tigers have stripes which are closer together than other tigers.
They are solitary animals,only coming together to mate. Gestation takes about 100 days from mating to birth, and baby tigers will remain with their mothers for up to 2 years. A litter can be between 1 and 7 cubs.
We’re working with communities to help PROTECT tigers
Our Living with Tigers project aims to combat habitat loss, illegal wildlife trade and human-wildlife conflict in Nepal.
A recent tiger population increase means that local people are competing with tigers for land, food and other resources. As people rely on the land to make a living, they’ll often cross paths and get attacked. Tigers are then killed in retaliation. This is an example of human-wildlife conflict.
Alternative livelihoods can help end human-wildlife conflict
We teach local people alternative ways to make a living which don’t rely on going into the forest. So they’re less
likely to be attacked. We also teach people ways to avoid tiger attacks on themselves and their livestock. Limiting this contact between tigers and people allows tiger populations to safely increase.
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