Bengal Tiger

The Bengal Tiger is the most populous of the tiger species but it is estimated there are less than 2 500 left in the wild. They inhabit the Indian subcontinent including India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. Bengal Tigers live in a variety of environments from forests to grasslands. Tigers are the largest of the cats.

They are carnivores and prefer to hunt at night. They take animals as large as water buffalo and even baby elephants. These powerful animals can consume up to 2 270 kg (5 000 lb) in a year. The average weight of a Bengal tiger is 325 kg (720 lbs).

Tigers are solitary animals and a male Bengal Tiger can have a home range of 200 square kilometers (77 square miles)

Bengal Tiger @ Safari Niagara

  • There are two Bengal Tigers who are permanent residents at Safari Niagara. Their names are Anna and Olaf.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Felidae
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panathera
Species: Panthera t. tigris

Did you know?

  • The greatest threat to tigers today is poaching. There is an illegal trade in skins and body parts, mostly in China.
  • There are more Bengal Tigers in captivity than there are in the wild.
  • Conservation efforts are hindered by the fragmentation of the tigers’ habitat by human encroachment.