The tiger is a unique species that is crucial to an ecosystem’s diversity and health. It is a top predator at the top of the food chain. As a result, the presence of tigers in the forest indicates that the ecosystem is in good health. Tiger conservation in forests protects the habitats of many other species.
1. Tigers are the Largest of all big Cats
Tigers are the biggest and heaviest of any big cat species in the wild. An adult Siberian tiger may weigh up to 320 kg and stand 11 feet tall (head to tail), whereas an Indian male Bengal tiger can stand 10 feet tall and weigh 250 kg.
2. Tigers can make different sounds
Tigers have the capacity to communicate with one another using a variety of different noises. They utilise it to show others their emotions, affection, sorrow, and dominance. They are capable of hearing ultrasonic and low-frequency noises. They spin their ears to pick up on any sound.
Territorial roars, cub distress calls, amorous chuffing, wrestling noises, mating roar, groaning, grunting, and whimpering are some of the sounds we may hear on a tiger safari.
3. Tigers can Climb Trees
Yes, you read that correctly. Tigers can readily climb trees, however they rarely do so until the cubs are small. Their sharp and retractable claws offer a strong grip on the tree trunk, allowing them to climb up securely. And as they become older, their body weight makes it difficult for them to do so.
Despite this, adult tigers have been observed climbing trees to capture leopards and monkeys.
4. Tigers Love Water
Tigers enjoy water and will spend hours covering themselves at the edges of lakes, ponds, rivers, and waterholes. During the warmest part of the day, they submerge themselves, soaking up to the neck.
5. A Tiger’s Night Vision is 5-6 times better than humans
Humans have a layer of dark pigment cells behind the retina that absorbs extra light, whereas tigers and other nocturnal animals have a layer of reflective tissue behind the retina called the tapetum lucidum that gives the eye a second chance to catch the light, significantly improving their night vision.