Felid hybrid , Panthera hybrid , Liger , and Tigon Lions have been known to breed with tigers in captivity to create hybrids called ligers and tigons. They share physical and behavioural qualities of both parent species. Its pelage is dense and heavy, and colouration varies between shades of orange and brown with white ventral areas and distinctive vertical black stripes that are unique in each individual. This is not due to skin pigmentation, but to the stubble and hair follicles embedded in the skin, similar to human beards colloquially five o'clock shadow , and is in common with other big cats.
Of the original nine subspecies of tigers, three have become extinct in the last 80 years; an average of one every 20 years. It has been predicted all tigers may become extinct in the wild within the next decade. The total number of all the wild populations of the six remaining subspecies of tigers Bengal, Indochinese, Malayan, Siberian, South China, and Sumatran is estimated to be between 3, — 3, tigers. Bengal tigers Panthera tigris tigris are the most numerous tiger subspecies with its remaining wild populations estimated at around 2,
The approximate weight of the male is pounds and the female is pounds. The average length of the male tiger is 10 feet and the female 8 feet. The average height of a tiger is 3 feet. The appearance of the tiger depends to a great extent on where the animal lives. Tigers that live in cold regions are paler in colour and larger in size; their fur is long and thick.
The fact is that many of our most adored creatures also happen to be keystone species, meaning that they play a unique and crucial role in the way an ecosystem as a whole functions. Often these species also tend to be at the top of the food chain and dependent upon intact, healthy ecosystems with large areas to roam. As such they are also the most vulnerable to habitat fragmentation and destruction.