Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey
Tiger Facts


Common Name: Tiger

Family: Felidae

Genus: Panthera

Species: Tigris

Subspecies: There are six subspecies of tiger currently living: the Bengal, Indochinese, Malayan, Sumatran, Siberian, and South China.

Size: Size varies by subspecies but generally a male tiger averages between 96 to 120 inches long and a female, 84 to 108 inches.

Weight: Weight varies by subspecies but a male weighs around 550 lbs. and a female to 350 lbs. A male Siberian tiger can weigh up to 800 lbs.

Coat: The tiger sports a fiery reddish-orange coat with vertical stripes that can vary between black, gray, or brown stripes. The underside is creamy or white in contrast. No two tigers share the same stripe pattern, making each one unique.

Habitat: Primarily tropical and subtropical forests, but the species can also be found in tropical grasslands, shrublands, montane forests, and conifer forests.

Diet: Tigers hunt medium to large prey – mostly ungulates – such as deer, antelopes and buffalo.

Geography: Tigers are primarily found in southern Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand, and Vietnam – and in northeastern Russia.

Population Health: Endangered (According to the IUCN)

Threats: Humans – Urban expansion results in habitat loss and fragmentation, and populations are subject to hunting and poaching.

Additional Facts:

  • Tigers are the largest members of the cat family. The Siberian tiger is the largest and heaviest subspecies of tiger.
  • The word “tiger” stems from the Greek word “tigris”, which is derived from the Persian word meaning “arrow”, most likely describing the animals speed.
  • Tigers usually hunt at dusk, allowing them to blend into the tall grass with their stripes. This enables them to stalk their prey.
  • The male tiger marks his territory with urine, droppings, and claw marks.
  • A tiger can consume up to 88 lbs. of meat in one sitting.
  • A tiger’s roar can be heard from up to three miles away.
  • The white Bengal Tiger is one of the rarest cats in the world. In a span of 100 years, only 12 white tigers have been found in the wild. While some believe white tigers to be albino or a different species altogether, their unique white fur, black stripes, and blue eyes are actually the result of an unusual genetic strain.
  • Three subspecies of tiger: the Bali, Javan, and Caspian Tiger have all gone extinct.
  • Hartley Anderson

    Why were the filmmakers off limits from the tiger’s point of view just because they were sitting in an open jeep? It would have been more understandable if the jeep were mostly enclosed, as they typically are in most of these nature films that involve large, dangerous animals. Colin remarked at one point that they would like to get down and stroke the animals, but then they’d be dead. I never saw anyone with a rifle and I was watching for it.
    But I enjoyed the film immensely. I’ve always thought the entire cat family the best looking of all animals. Their features are better integrated into their skulls than other animals, including us. To a cat human noses and ears must look like odd fleshy appendages that are ugly in their nakedness. Also their gracefulness combined with strength are admirable.
    But I realized at one point that even though we tend to identify with the carnivores, they are not the kings of the animal world — they serve the ruminants. Their job is to cull the old and the weak from the herds, which keeps the herds strong. It’s a harsh system but it works.

  • Taylor Skyline

    why do people have to kill tigers? Its sooooo sad. Tigers are my passion.

  • Taylor Skyline

    Why do people have to kill so many tigers? I almost hate people.

  • Taylor Skyline

    Tigers are my passion.

  • Taylor Skyline

    god bless everyone who loves tigers! :)

  • Michael

    As I said in the Full Movie. I really would eradicate all tiger hunters in the same manner that they try to eradicate the Tigers. Fitting death for these people.

  • loveanimals

    I love tigers!!!! Its sad to say that most of them are gone!!!!

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