Top Ten Tiger Facts


Today is International Tiger Day! To celebrate we’re sending out a big ROAR to tell all tigers that we think they’re awesome. Check out the list below to find ten reasons why tigers are the coolest cats around.

1) Tigers are the largest cat species in the world reaching up to 3.3 meters in length and weighing up to 670 pounds!

tiger sitting in the grass
2) Tigers are easily recognizable with their dark vertical stripes and reddish/orange fur.

tiger sleeping
3) The Bengal tiger is the most common tiger.

Bengal tiger
4) Tigers live between 20-26 years in the wild.

tiger face
5) Adult tigers generally live alone.

Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)
6) Unlike most other cats, tigers are great swimmers and actually like the water.

wet tiger
Photo credit: Flickr User Tambako The Jaguar

7) Cubs are born blind and only open their eyes 1-2 weeks after birth.

sleeping tiger cub
8) Cubs start learning to hunt at six months of age but stay with their moms until they are about 18 months old.

mom licking tiger cub
Photo credit: Flickr user Tambako the Jaguar

9) Tigers are stalk and ambush hunters; they lie in wait slowly creeping towards their prey until they are close enough to pounce.

hiding tiger
Photo credit: Flickr user Tambako The Jaguar

10) Tigers communicate using scent markings, visual signals and lots of sounds like roars, growls, snarls, grunts, moans, mews and hisses.

tiger call