Scientific Name: Panthera tigris tigris
Also known as: Royal Bengal Tiger
Range: India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Habitat: Has adapted to a wide range of habitat throughout the distribution range including tall
grasslands, mangrove forests, sub-alpine, arid forests and lush wet forests.
Facts & Thoughts:
With the highest estimated population of the subspecies (possibly 1400-1800) the Bengal tiger
represents the best chance for wild tiger survival. The ability to adapt to wide variations of habitat
(recent sightings in the mountains of Bhutan were the first real evidence of tiger using that type of
habitat) and the possibility of corridors linking fragmented populations mean that, provided the political
will is there, the Bengal tiger can survive. As with other subspecies, poaching and habitat encroachment
are the main threats. The illegal wildlife trade which turns over billions of dollars globally is often
headlined with seizures of tiger bones and skins. With the highest population the Bengal tiger is often
viewed as the easiest target for organized crime groups.
|THE GREAT CATS OF ASIA
South China Tiger
Tiger Mythology & Culture
The Tiger Today
Why the Tiger must be protected
THE SNOW LEOPARD
THE CLOUDED LEOPARD
THE ASIATIC LION