Bengal tigers

The Life of a Bengal Tiger

Being the largest member of the cat family, tigers are thought of as intimidating to human beings. In retaliation to this fear, poaching, the hunting of tigers, started occurring so that the poachers could use the tiger bodies as trophies or in some tribes, their body parts used for rituals. At one point in history, 8 tiger species existed but because of poaching and deforestation, only 5 remain today. The Bengal tiger, sometimes called the Indian tiger, make up about half of the tiger population. They are known as the Indian tiger because that is where they are most heavily populated. Bengal tigers mostly live alone and are nocturnal, thus they hunt at night. The tiger uses its colored fur , ranging from black to orange to pure white, as camouflage to hide itself while waiting to attack its prey. Tigers can follow their prey throughout the night until it is in the perfect position to pounce and attack but they are not fast enough to chase their prey, who in most cases, is faster then they are. The Bengal Tiger lives in Southern Asia with an estimated 3,000 left in the wild. The Bengal was hunted, captured, poisoned and almost disappeared. Most Bengal’s are now kept and bred in captivity.

Check out some fun facts about the Bengal Tiger!

Buddhist monks in Bangkok, Thailand are following the call and raising 13 Bengal Tigers abandoned by poachers. These tigers are sometimes raised, cared for, taught to hunt, and eventually sent back into the wild knowing all the required skills they need to survive. Watch this inspiring story and see for yourself the wonders any person can do.

The Road Towards Extinction

The Wildlife Protection Society of India collected the following statistics:
  • 95 tigers were killed in 1994
  • 123 tigers were killed in 1995
  • 52 tigers were killed in 1996
  • 89 tigers were killed in 1997
  • 36 tigers were killed in 1998

The Bengal tiger is the most populated of all the tigers left in this world but they are on a fast decline towards extinction.