Panthera tigris bengalensis
Diet: Carnivore; deer, boar, asian buffalo, antelope
Lifespan: 15 years in the wild, 25+ years in captivity
Range/Habitat: Indian subcontinent forest with small open areas
Conservation Status: E Endangered
The Bengal tiger is the second largest subspecies of the tiger, the Siberian tiger being the largest. Average males weigh over 400 pounds, females are smaller at 300+ pounds. Tigers are solitary hunters and only have contact with other tigers in the mating season or when they are raising cubs. These large cats can consume between 40 and 60 pounds of meat at one time. This gorging activity allows the cats several days between successful hunts. Habitat loss and large scale poaching are posing the greatest threats to this species.