The incredible tigers By Molly L IntroductionThis document is about tigers and their incredible lives in the wild. I will tell you about their prey and predators, physical description and other fascinating facts. My research questions My research questions are: -what are some beliefs about the use of tiger body parts? -is deforestation a threat to tigers?
A tigers menuTigers eat meat, which means they are carnivores. Meat is moreconcentrated in protein and fat than vegetation so tigers usuallydon’t have to hunt every day. One kill can last up to three days.They are successful hunters because of their coats, which arepractically indistinguishable in the forests that are their homes.This is because the sunlight seeping through the leaves makes theforest floor look like the orange, black and yellow pelt of a tiger. Where do tigers live? Different types of tigers live in different environments and climates. Tigers that live in cold climates have longer fur to keep warm. They are larger and there fur is paler, to serve as a better camouflage in the snow or other cold condition. Tigers from warmer climates are the opposite (smaller, darker and shorter fur). Tigers live in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Russia, Malaysia, and Cambodia.
Different types of tigersHere is a graph of the different types of tigers, how manythere are and there extinction statusSpecies Status Number aliveBengal Endangered 2000Bali Extinct Last seen in the 1930’sIndochinese Endangered 1200Javan Extinct Last seen in the 1980’sMalayan Endangered 800Amur Endangered 600Sumatran Endangered 500South China Endangered Less than 50Caspian Extinct Last seen in the 1970’s Physical descriptionTigers are the largest cat in the world. The biggestsubspecies of tigers is the Siberian tiger. A male tigerweighs approximately 226 kilograms and the female canreach 136 kg. The length of a male can reach 3.05 meters inheight, and the female 2.44 meters. A tiger’s average heightis 90 cm. all the tigers have sharp claws and teeth.
A tiger’s enemyThe tiger’s main enemy is thehuman race. However, bigbuffalo bears and elephantsare also threats. Humans havepoisoned, trapped andheavily hunted tigers toeliminate the threat theycaused to livestock. Buttigers only caused a threat because humans destroyed theirforests (deforestation) for farming and industrial uses. A tiger’s defenceTigers defend themselves using their claws and teeth. Thisprotects them other animals. The fact that they are excellentswimmers saves them from hazards like floods andbushfires. Tigers are cautious animals; they do not attacklarger than themselves unless they are provoked, attacked orstarving.
Beliefs about tiger body partsSuperstition has always surrounded tigers for years. InMalaysia the whiskers are a dreadful poison. Necklets ofclaws are protecting children from the “evil eye” in somecountries. Many body parts are prized medicines like thebones, fat and liver. Tiger parts are also used to aidchildbirth in Pakistan and India, and are a powerfulaphrodisiac in Indonesia.
Deforestation is a threat to tigersDeforestation affects tigers becauseit destroys their natural habitats.Also, it chases away or kills thetiger’s food source; like deer andother such animals. This ishappening because farmers andindustries want more land.
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