By Zachary Wright
Bengal tigers are an endangered species due to the effects of poaching and deforestation. They can be found in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Bengal tigers are apex predators, which means they’re at the top of the food chain, but humans hunt them to make trophies, clothing, and medicine. By 2011, there were less than 2,500 tigers remaining in the wild.
- Bengal tigers live up to 8 to 10 years in the wild, or up to 18 years in captivity, just like house cats.
- Bengal tigers can run 35 to 40 miles per hour and can jump 30 to 33 feet.
- They are carnivores, and their prey includes water buffalo, wild boar, and peafowl.
- Tigers have white spots on the back of their ears called “flashes” that they use to show when they are upset.
- Out of the 36 species of cats, tigers are the largest in the world.