Tiger Pictures

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Tiger Swimming

Tiger - Panthera tigris
Tiger - Panthera tigris. Photo © Christopher Tan Teck Hean / Shutterstock.

Tigers are the largest and most powerful of all cats. They are extremely agile despite their bulk and can leap between 8 and 10 meters in a single bound. They are also among the most recognizable of cats thanks to their distinct orange coat, black stripes and white markings.

Tigers are not water-fearing cats. They are, in fact, adept swimmers capable of crossing moderately sized rivers. As a result, water rarely poses a barrier to them.

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Tiger Drinking

Tiger - Panthera tigris
Tiger - Panthera tigris. Photo © Pascal Janssen / Shutterstock.

Tigers are carnivores. They hunt at night and feed on large prey such as deer, cattle, wild pigs, young rhinoceroses and elephants. They also supplement their diet with smaller prey such as birds, monkeys, fish and reptiles. Tigers also feed on carrion

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Tiger

Tiger - Panthera tigris
Tiger - Panthera tigris. Photo © Wendy Kaveney Photography / Shutterstock.

Tigers historically occupied a range that stretched from the eastern part of Turkey to the Tibetan plateau, Manchuria and the Sea of Okhotsk. Today, tigers occupy only about seven percent of their former range. More than half of the remaining wild tigers live in the forests of India. Smaller populations remain in China, Russia, and parts of Southeast Asia.

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Sumatran Tiger

Sumatran tiger - Panthera tigris sumatrae
Sumatran tiger - Panthera tigris sumatrae. Photo © Andrew Skinner / Shutterstock.

The Sumatran tiger subspecies is restricted to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia where it inhabits montane forests, patches of lowland forests, peat swamps and freshwater swamps.

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Siberian Tiger

Siberian Tiger - Panthera tigris altaica
Siberian Tiger - Panthera tigris altaica. Photo © Plinney / iStockphoto.

Tigers vary in color, size, and markings depending on their subspecies. Bengal tigers, which inhabit the forests of India, have quintessential tiger appearance: a dark orange coat, black stripes and a white underbelly. Siberian tigers, the largest of all the tiger subspecies, are lighter in color and have a thicker coat that enables them to brave the harsh, cold temperatures of the Russian taiga.

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Siberian Tiger

Siberian Tiger - Panthera tigris altaica
Siberian Tiger - Panthera tigris altaica. Photo © China Photos / Getty Images.

Tigers inhabit a wide range of habitats such as lowland evergreen forests, taiga, grasslands, tropical forests and mangrove swamps. They generally require habitat with cover such as forests or grasslands, water resources and enough territory to support their prey.

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Siberian Tiger

Siberian Tiger - Panthera tigris altaica
Siberian Tiger - Panthera tigris altaica. Photo © Chrisds / iStockphoto.

The Siberian tiger inhabits eastern Russia, parts of northeastern China and northern North Korea. It prefers coniferous and broadleaf woodlands. The Siberian tiger subspecies nearly fell into extinction in the 1940s. At its lowest population count, the Siberian tiger population consisted of just 40 tigers in the wild. Thanks to great efforts of Russian conservationists, the Siberian tiger subspecies has now recovered to more stable levels.

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Siberian Tiger

Siberian Tiger - Panthera tigris altaica
Siberian Tiger - Panthera tigris altaica. Photo © Steffen Foerster Photography / Shutterstock.

Siberian tigers, the largest of all the tiger subspecies, are lighter in color and have a thicker coat that enables them to brave the harsh, cold temperatures of the Russian taiga.

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Malayan Tiger

Malayan tiger - Panthera tigris jacksoni
Malayan tiger - Panthera tigris jacksoni. Photo © Chen Wei Seng / Shutterstock.

The Malayan tiger inhabits tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests of southern Thailand and the Malay Peninsula. Until 2004, the Malayan tigers were not classified as belonging to their own subspecies and were instead considered to be Indochinese tigers. Malayan tigers, though very similar to Indochinese tigers, are the smaller of the two subspecies.

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Malayan Tiger

Malayan tiger - Panthera tigris jacksoni
Malayan tiger - Panthera tigris jacksoni. Photo © Chen Wei Seng / Shutterstock.

The Malayan tiger inhabits tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests of southern Thailand and the Malay Peninsula. Until 2004, the Malayan tigers were not classified as belonging to their own subspecies and were instead considered to be Indochinese tigers. Malayan tigers, though very similar to Indochinese tigers, are the smaller of the two subspecies.

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Tiger

Tiger - Panthera tigris
Tiger - Panthera tigris. Photo © Christopher Mampe / Shutterstock.

Tigers are not water-fearing cats. They are, in fact, adept swimmers capable of crossing moderately sized rivers. As a result, water rarely poses a barrier to them.

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Tiger

Tiger - Panthera tigris
Tiger - Panthera tigris. Photo © Timothy Craig Lubcke / Shutterstock.

Tigers are both solitary and territorial cats. They occupy home ranges that are between 200 and 1000 square kilometers, with females occupying smaller home ranges than males.