Animal Profile: Tigers

Our latest Animal Profile is taking a look at tigers and how they're affected by human-wildlife conflict.

About Tigers

Tigers are found mainly in the forests across tropical Asia including in Bangladesh; Bhutan; China; Tibet; India; Indonesia; Myanmar and Nepal.

Poaching for illegal trade in high-value Tiger products including skins, bones, meat and tonics is a primary threat to Tigers, which has led to their recent disappearance from broad areas of otherwise suitable habitat, and continues at unsustainable rates. This threat is causing their population to decrease earning them “endangered” status on the IUCN Red List.

Conflict with Humans

Wherever wild tiger populations survive and come into contact with landscapes dominated by humans, they prey on livestock, and, less commonly, on people. In most parts of India, people are remarkably tolerant of wildlife damage compared with elsewhere in the world, but sometimes, in conflict situations, local antagonism against tigers erupts into a serious problem. 

Tiger facts

  • Tigers live between 20-26 years in the wild.
  • Unlike most members of the cat family, tigers actually like to swim
  • No two tigers have the same stripes, their pattern is as unique as our finger prints

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