Bengal Tiger - A wild yet gorgeous animal
Bengal Tigers are big cats having yellow to light orange coats with dark brown to black stripes. They can be as long as 10 feet and as heavy as 325 kgs! Their scientific name is Panthera tigris tigris and they are included in genus Panthera along with lions, leopards, snow leopards, and jaguars.
They are most commonly found in forests in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. They prominently appear in mythology and folklore of these countries. Bengal tiger is the national animal of India.
Bengal tigers are carnivores, they feed mainly on large and medium-sized animals. They approach their prey from side or behind, catching the prey's throat to kill it. They have strong muscular bodies with powerful forelimbs, large heads and strong jaws with curved long canines.
Bengal Tiger species is enlisted as Endangered on IUCN Red List since 2010. For their conservation, Project Tiger was launched in 1973 in India. Such efforts have also been taking place in other countries and on international levels.