Amazing Facts About Bengal Tigers

Bengal Tiger, Panthera tigris. See more interesting animalsBengal Tiger Panthera tigris, Photo Wiki Commons, Courtesy John and Karen Hollingsworth, Fish & Wildlife Service Licensed under Public Domain

Some startling facts about tigers which will make you awestruck!

A little bit of fright, enough of a thrill, and the heights of imagination – all these work together during your Bengal Tiger sighting trip.

Voted as the world’s favorite animal, this tiger is the most varied cat on earth, and has many unique features and interesting compulsions. Less social, comfort loving and crepuscular, these wild carnivores have always been the center of attraction during all adventurous wildlife tours.

Let’s explore the twisting facts about this exclusive creature which will make you stunned.

  • Night vision of the tiger is approximately six times better than humans,
  • To mark their territories, they scratch trees and use their urine.
  • Unlike other members of the cat family tigers are good swimmers and can go easily inside water for cooling themselves and in the pursuit of prey.
  • A tiger’s brain may weigh over 300g which is believed to be the largest among carnivores after the polar bears.
  • Just like human fingerprints, the stripes on each tiger are unique.
  • For trapping their prey, tigers are often found imitating the sound of other animals. Bears constitute a major part of the tigers’ diet as very often their habitats overlap.
  • There are very small numbers of tigers who develop a taste for human flesh.
  • Tigers’ saliva contains antiseptic elements. That is why they lick their wounds to disinfect them.
  • Tigresses become fertile for only four to five days in the entire year.
  • Tigers can guess the gender, age and reproductive status of other tigers smelling their urine markings.
  • Tigers do not normally roar at other animals. Actually they roar to communicate with far-off tigers. Therefore, a tiger in attacking moded might hiss and fluff instead of roaring.
  • Unless a tiger feels threatened it does not attack humans as prey.
  • Tigers are territorial and love to live solitary lives except when mating. Each tiger has a specific territory and the area of a male overlaps with many other females.
  • Just like the young ones of the domestic cat, tigers are also completely blind for the first week of their life.
  • It takes 30-40 days for a human to die of starvation whereas a tiger will die within two or three weeks.
  • Tigers have a better memory than any other animals including humans. They have a hundred times better memory than dogs and dozens of times better memory than primates.
  • Tigers can run at a speed of approximately 60km/h for short distances.
  • Tigers are conscious about the rights of females and kids. That is why when several tigers assemble around a kill, they wait for the females and kids to eat first. Whereas, it is just the opposite in the case of lions.

A majestic creation of nature, India’s national animal the tiger, was brought to the verge of extinction due to the illegal human interference on their habitat. But the preventive steps taken by the Government of India, especially the Save Tiger Project has shown its colors. Today a total of 3200 tigers are found across the world out of which 1706 tigers are found in India with the highest density of tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park. To make India richer in the number of its tiger population, some popular national parks like Ranthambore, Corbett, Pench, Tadoba, Sundarban and Periyar also contributed significantly.

Anshul Srivastava is a wildlife enthusiast, who loves to wander around different wildlife destinations of India. At the same time, he has gotten a command over writing and thus, he pens down and shares his experience with the world.


5 Responses to “Amazing Facts About Bengal Tigers”

  1. Arun s on October 31st, 2017 8:16 am

    The Royal Bengal Tiger is India’s wildlife pride and dedication. An unique aweinspiring feline that must be preserved and propagated for future generations. Its uniqueness has been highlighted above, all the more reason to have it stick around for a long , long time. “Tiger, tiger burning bright in the forest of the night”.
    Back in the day growing up, an uncle of mine, Dilip Dey was the director of the then Darjeeling Zoological Park in the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range. It’s now the PNHZP (Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park) and a key landmark in the area as well, along with the HMI (Himalayan Mountaineering Institute), the Planters Club, outdoor mall, retail shopping district and others. We used to watch the tigers and other species at feeding time while throwing down a hot tea from his back patio. Additionally we would chat it up while waiting for the fog to lift, if only for a few fleeting moments so we could catch a glimpse of the peaks. K2 and Tiger Hill would loom high magnificently against the brilliant blue sky. Such are the memories I fondly cherish of special times in the presence of the Royal Bengal Tiger, Siberian, white, and other Asian subspecies. My uncle would explain the bartering system that the zoos around the world have and how it worked.
    I’ve had some exposure to man eating tigers as well and it’s pretty scary. Jim Corbett is a big name when it came to tracking and hunting down the Man-eater! I’ve read all his and other books on the subject and it’s fascinating to say the least.
    More next time. Until then keep doing what you can to save the Tiger. Thanks!

  2. kusum Sharma on February 4th, 2018 1:33 am

    Bengal Tigers are the most solitary animal.They are very possessive about their territory.but due to clashes with humans ,they are loosing their domains.

  3. stephanie on April 12th, 2018 8:07 am

    bengal tigers are very interesting

  4. Jaydan on November 5th, 2018 11:15 am

    I really like tigers and I have put pictures of tigers all around my room

  5. Saurabh T on October 28th, 2019 9:59 am

    This is definitely some good information about Bengal Tigers. Tigresses become fertile for only four to five days in the entire year??. Is this one of the reason for limited tiger population

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