Malayan tiger

Mother with cubs at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) wears the characteristic striping pattern of black stripes on orange and white that provides excellent camouflage in the forest. Using its quiet stalking ability, a tiger will ambush large prey, often pouncing on it from the rear. Other than females with their young, tigers are solitary and come together only to mate. Each tiger defends its own territory from others of the same gender. Territories must be large to provide enough prey for a tiger to eat. A tiger may travel up to 20 miles a night in search of prey. As more and more forests disappear, tigers struggle to maintain a territory with sufficient prey.

Facts Edit

  • Where to see them: Malaysia and southern Thailand
  • Length: 7.6 to 9.3 ft
  • Weight: 220 to 400 lbs
  • Lifespan: 15 yrs in wild
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Diet: Deer, wild pigs, and cattle
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Endangered)
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