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Bengal Tiger

(Panthera tigris tigris)


Category: Mammals



While it is the most common subspecies of tiger, the Bengal Tiger is still endangered, ranging only in India, Nepal, Bangledesh, and Bhutan. These enormous striped cats can reach over 700lb and close to 11 feet in length from head to body, and are skilled hunters, unafraid of hunting animals that are even larger than themselves -- like the Gaur that can grow to be over 3,000lbs! Socially, Bengal Tigers are generally solitary, except for mothers living with offspring. Habitat loss and poaching pose a serious threat to the Bengal Tiger's survival as a species.


Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Carnivora
Order - Felidae
Family - Pantherinae
Genus - Panthera
Species - Panthera tigris

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