Tigers are the largest felines in the world and as such, many cultures consider the tiger to be a symbol of strength, courage and dignity. The tiger is one of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals, and those born in the "Year of the Tiger" are thought to be brave, competitive and self-confident. However, because hunting them is also a sign of bravery in some cultures, tigers are endangered. Tigers are hunted for their meat, pelt and body parts that are used in folk remedies. To make matters worse, these great cats have lost most of their habitat due to logging, road building and development, according to All About Wildlife. Experts estimate there are no more than 3, tigers left in the wild.
Tigers: The Largest Cats in the World
Tigers: The Largest Cats in the World | Live Science
All rights reserved. Tigers are icons of beauty, power, and the importance of conservation. Learn five surprising facts about these striped felines, including how large the cats can be, an adaptation some developed for swimming, and how much wild tiger populations have declined. There were eight tiger subspecies at one time, but three became extinct during the 20th century.
Four Asian Tigers
By Amelia Meyer. An animals habitat is the area in which it would naturally choose to live. Generally, each species will have a fairly specific habitat that displays certain characteristics and boasts particular features that cater to that animals needs. Tigers can live in a wide range of habitats, and are commonly found in:.
After a century of decline, overall wild tiger numbers are on the rise. Around 3, tigers remain in the wild, but much more work is needed to protect this species if we are to secure its future in the wild. In some areas, including much of Southeast Asia, tigers are still in crisis and still declining in number. Map data provided by IUCN.