By Endangered Earthling youth blogger Rhiannon
Tigers are gorgeous, majestic creatures. They are also the largest felines in the world. So it’s sad to say that they are on the endangered species list.
They are known as gorgeous creatures because of their fur which can vary in color but the patterns are always different. Their patterns are like human fingerprints, each different and unique. It pains me to tell you that less than 3,200 tigers are left in the wild. There are more in captivity, there are 5,000 in the US alone in Zoos are Wildlife Sanctuaries.
Even though there are less than 3,200 in the wild, there is a variety of places to find them; such as arid forests, flooded mangrove forests, tropical forests, and taiga. You can also find them in Asia. While, they are solitary creatures they have a big range of territory larger than 4,000 square miles. They mark their territory by scratching trees with their claws.
Tigers are extraordinary creatures and can grow up to be 4.8 to 9.5 feet long. Sometimes most of their length is because of their tail which can grow up to be 2.3 to 3.6 feet long. They also normally weigh around 165 to 716 pounds. They also have a long life span ranging from 14 to 18 years. Though some definitely do not live that long. Whether, they were killed as cubs or by hunters. The offspring are an easy kill because when they are born they are completely helpless. The average weight of a newborn cub is 2.2 pounds. The female tiger can have up to 7 cubs but only 2 usually survive per litter. She must leave them alone to hunt and they get killed by a nearby predator or she cannot feed all of them. However, if they do survive they mature quickly at 8 weeks old they are able to start learning how to hunt and at 2 years they are ready to leave their mother and find their own territory.
Some fun facts about tigers are they can swim really well, tigers and lions are closely related in the feline family, and their teeth can grow to be 3 inches long. So after reading all of this how can you not want to help save tigers and get them off the endangered species list. They are magnificent creatures and deserve to live their life without human interference.
If you want to learn more about Tigers and help the cause you can learn more at Cattyshack.org/education/tigers. They have some amazing information and they are a wildlife sanctuary. They need volunteers so come help them if you can and try to protect the Tigers.