The following is a report on tigers. The author wrote this report
to "HELP THE TIGERS!" We hope that after you read this report
you will want to help to support the few tigers that are left.
Thank you and enjoy!
There are a few different kinds of tigers: Sumatran,
Siberian, Indo-Chinese, South China and last but not least the Bengal tiger.
Most tigers are dark orange with black stripes and white trim. Others
are white with chocolate brown stripes. They are big and husky
and have blue or yellow eyes.
Tigers are not very tame. That is one of the reasons why people
think of tigers as big and deadly. Yes, they are a deadly hunter.
Where do tigers live?
Tigers live in the wild in the following countries: Russia, China,
India, and parts of Asia. Or they live in public zoos.
What is a tiger's habitat?
A tiger's habitat is to live in a forest. Each tiger has their
own territory and live alone in a den or cave.
Where did tigers come from?
The tiger originated from the saber tooth. Which lived in the
ice age. It had big claws and two eye teeth that came out of the
top of their mouth. They used them to kill and carry they're pray
How do tigers mate?
Males and females don't live together. So how do they mate? When
a female is ready to mate she uses a special scent that she puts
on the edges of her territory. When a male smells this scent he
goes into her territory looking for her. She makes small grunts
and growls to show him where she is. Once he finds her they start
playing and mating. They do this for a period of five days. After
five days the male leaves. The female tiger prepares for her new cubs
to be born after 100 days.
Two to six cubs can be born. They are born in a den, cave or a
sheltered area in the tiger's territory. The cubs weigh about
one pound each. They are weak, helpless and also blind. Their
eyes are bright blue and open after a few days. Although their
eyes are open, the cubs can't see properly until they are two
months old. Tigers are mammals so baby cubs are fed with milk.
They start to eat meat at two months old. At six months old they
start going on hunting trips with their mother and watch to learn
how to hunt for themselves. Female tigers have new litters every
two years. So at two years old the cubs move out into their own
How do tigers hunt?
Tigers hunt within their territories. They hunt by themselves,
since they don't cooperate with other tigers. (That is why tigers
live in their own territories.) So they must rely on their own
ability to catch and kill its own prey for food.
What do tigers eat?
Deer is a tiger's prime source of food. But, they also eat wild
pig, gaur (wild cattle), wild buffalo, elephant, rhinoceros, monkeys,
hares, and even porcupine.
How big is a tiger?
An adult male tiger weighs about 420 pounds, and is 7 feet long
head to rear. Females are one foot shorter, and weigh 100 pounds
less. The biggest tiger ever measured weighed over 700 pounds
and was nine feet long.
Quick tiger facts!
Q: Why do tigers have stripes?
A: To make it easier to blend in with their surroundings.
Q: What gender tiger is bigger?
A: A male tiger bigger than a female tiger.
Q: How fast do tigers run?
A: 34 mph
Q: How many tigers are left?
A: 6,000 tigers
The number of tigers living in the wild is dwindling everday.
This is a crisis that will not go away unless humans act to protect
and preserve this precious animal. Please pass this information
on to others and participate in helping to save the tiger.
Kids! You can help the tigers now! Create your own TigerAid
Pledge Page. Check
it out here!
Tigers Jean-Pierre Zwaenepoel copyright 1992 chronicle books
Tigers Timothy Biel copyright 1987 creative education
Killer creatures Vaughn copyright 2001 company Rain Tree publishers
Tiger Simon Barns copyright 1994 Great Britain
Tigers Patricia Hunt copyright 1981 skylight books
Tiger Valmik Thapar copyright 1986 Facts on file
Contributed by Tiffany G., Age 12, for the Kids 4 Tigers