With its mighty roar and yellow, black and white stripes, the tiger has always attracted, as well as intrigued, kids. Kids of all ages like to watch many tiger-themed videos or cartoons. The mighty beast of the jungle, through coloring pages, storybooks, movies, or even trips to the zoo, never ceases to amaze them.
So, if your kid is an ardent tiger-lover who wants to know everything about this majestic beast, we’ve got you covered. Here is our collection of some fun tiger facts for kids.
Fun Tiger Facts For Kids:
Go through these facts about tigers for kids: Types, birth process and its eating habits.
About The Tiger:
- The tiger belongs to the cat family and is the largest cat in the world.
- The male tiger is known as the tiger while the female is known as the tigress. A baby tiger is called the cub.
- The scientific name for the tiger is Panthera Tigris.
- A tiger can weigh anywhere between 250 and 700 pounds.
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- A tiger can grow up to a height of about six feet to 11 feet. The tail of a tiger can measure up to three feet.
- A tiger can run at a speed of about 40 miles per hour and can jump up to a height of about 16 feet.
- When a tiger roars, the sound can be heard over two miles.
- The canines of a tiger can grow to a length of up to three inches. Using its canines, tigers can easily crunch through the spine of most prey.
- Unlike most cats, the tiger loves to be around water and live next to water bodies. It can swim for a distance of up to four miles.
- The tiger has been around for a long time. One of the earliest fossil remains of tigers was found in China, and it is believed that they are more than two million years old.
- A tiger is one of the most ferocious animals on the earth. Even as a male lion may sometimes appear to be laid back, a tiger does not show similar signs. It is not considered advisable to turn your back on a tiger, even if it is kept captive.
- The saliva of a tiger is known to have antiseptic properties. Each time a tiger gets wounded, it uses its tongue to lick it up and clean up the wound. The antiseptic properties in the saliva help to heal the wound faster and prevent any growth of bacteria or any spread of infection.
- Today, the tiger falls under the category of an endangered species.
- Just as human beings do not have the same fingerprints, all Tigers have unique patterns of stripes.
- Not only do the Tigers have stripes on their fur, but they also have stripes on their skin. In most cases, a tiger will have more than 100 stripes, and its coat also works to create the perfect camouflage.
- While walking, the tiger retracts its claws, because of which there are never any claw prints in their footprints.
- Tigers mostly like to stay alone and can only be found with another tiger during the time of mating.
- When a tiger moves in a group, it is known as an Ambush or Streak.
- A tiger lives for up to 10 to 15 years in the wilderness and up to 26 years in captivity. A larger number of tigers live in captivity as compared to those living in the wilderness.
- The only predator that a tiger has is the human.
- Some of the biggest threats tigers face are the loss of their habitat and the loss of prey.
- The closest relative that a tiger has is the lion.
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Giving Birth To Tiger Cubs And Forming Independent Territories:
- A mother tiger gives birth to her baby after carrying it for about 100 to 112 days. After the said period, the tiger mother gives birth to two or three blind tiger cubs.
- In most cases, a female tiger, or tigress, can give birth to about one to six tiger cubs. However, most female tigers give birth to two to three tiger cubs.
- Almost fifty percent of tiger cubs do not survive beyond the second year after birth. Out of the tiger cubs that do survive, only 40 percent can live long enough to establish their territory and give birth to younger tiger cubs.
- At the time of birth, a tiger cub will weigh only a little over two pounds. The tiger cub mainly nurses on its mother for the first six months after birth. In the next 18 months, the tiger cub gets more and more independent and soon gets ready to leave and form its territory.
- For the first two years, the tiger cub lives with its mother. The mother tiger teaches its cub to hunt and look for prey. A tiger cub can first start to catch its prey once it is a year old.
- In most cases, a female tiger cub will grow up and establish its territory next to that of her mother. Sometimes, a female tiger may also take over some part of her mother’s territory.
- If a tiger breeds with a lion, the cub born is referred to as a hybrid, i.e. a tigon or liger. These are some of the interesting facts about tigers for kids.
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Types Of Tigers:
- Tigers are found on the continent of Asia, especially in its forests, grasslands and swamps.
- There are nine types of subspecies of the tigers.
- The first sub-species is the Indochinese Tiger, also known as the Panthera Tigris Corbetti, and is found in Cambodia, China, Thailand, Burma, Laos and Vietnam.
- The second sub-species are the Malayan Tiger, also known as the Panthera Tigris Jacksoni, and are found in the Southeast of Asia. It became a sub-species in the year 2004. Today, this sub-species is said to in critical danger of becoming extinct.
- The third sub-species are the Sumatran Tiger, also known as the Panthera Tigris Sumatrae, and are found in Sumatra, which is a small island in Indonesia. It is the smallest of all types of tigers that are found. Today, this subspecies is critically endangered.
- The fourth sub-species are the Siberian Tiger, also known as the Panthera Tigris Altaica. It is found in the Eastern region of Siberia.
- The fifth sub-species are the Bengal Tiger, also known as the Panthera Tigris Tigris. It is the most common type of tiger that is found. This particular sub-species is found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.
- The sixth sub-species are the South China Tiger, also known as the Panthera Tigris Amoyensis, and are found in the southern part of China. This particular sub-species is the most critically endangered type.
- The seventh sub-species were known as the Caspian Tiger; the eighth sub-species were known as the Bali Tiger while the ninth sub-species were known as the Javan Tiger. Sadly, all three subspecies are now extinct.
- Less than 100 years ago, tigers were usually found almost all over Asia. The loss of their hunting opportunities and their habitat has caused them to become extinct. Today, the total amount of tigers is just about seven percent of what it was earlier.
- White tigers are a rare breed and in fact, only 1 out of every 10,000 Tigers is born as white. It is a particular type of gene that causes the white skin coloration in the white tiger.
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Food And Eating Habits Of Tigers:
- The tiger is the third largest meat-eating animal, also known as the land carnivore, in the world. Its daily diet consists mostly of meat.
- Tigers have very good eyesight that helps them hunt and catch their prey, and they mostly love to hunt during the night. A Tiger also likes to hunt alone and not in a group or with another tiger.
- A tiger is successful in less than ten percent of all its hunting efforts.
- The best time for a tiger to hunt for its prey is between dusk and dawn. In many cases, a tiger will travel a distance of up to six to 20 miles in the night to search for its prey.
- Even though a tiger can eat up to about 60 pounds of meat, it usually eats lesser than that.
- Some of the most common types of animals that the Tigers love to hunt for are the different types of deer, buffalo, baby elephants, rhinos, antelopes and wild boars, in addition to other animals.
- A tiger will usually first sneak up on its prey and watch it run, after which it will sprint to catch the prey. To kill the prey, the tiger usually bites on its throat or at the back of its neck.
- Even though the tiger will make a kill, it takes a few days for it to finish off the entire prey. The tiger first eats its prey till the time it becomes full. Once it is not hungry anymore, the tiger then covers up its prey with leaves and dirt to hide it from other animals. When it becomes hungry again, the Tiger goes back to the prey and finishes eating, repeating the process.
With so many interesting fun facts about tigers for kids, they definitely will love using it for various school and other projects, as well as to share it with friends. Make sure you help your kid learn more about this mighty beast and to get a first-hand experience, maybe team it with a tiger safari or a trip to the zoo.
Moms, in case your kid can add any more interesting facts about tigers to the ones that we already shared above, do write it in the comment section below to share it with other moms and their kids.
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