Zoo Zone

March 22, 2000

What's for dinner?

Tigers hunt large mammals, including deer, and wild pigs. Sometimes, tigers even try to catch very large prey such as rhino or elephant calves and buffalo.

This is big time!

Tigers are the largest cats -- the Siberian tiger is the biggest in the world. Tigers can be found in many countries -- in tropical rain forests, snow-covered forests, swamps and other woodlands. Their stripes help them disappear from view.

There are several different sub-species of tigers. All are endangered because their forest homes are being cut down for farmland.

In fact, fewer than 300 Siberian tigers can be found in the wild! But people are trying to help with different programs around the world.

Do you know?

Can you name another animal called a tiger that isn't a tiger at all?

Answer: The tiger shark has strong teeth that it uses to eat just about anything in the ocean. The orange and black tiger centipede emerges only at night. The tiger salamander probably got its name from the tiger-like stripes on its back.

Learn more!

Visit the Siberian tigers at The Baltimore Zoo. Read "Maya, Tiger Cub" by Theresa Radcliffe and "Dangerous Mammals" by Missy Allen and Michel Peissel.

Wild facts

No creature is likely to attack a tiger. Large and powerful, the tiger can snap a bone with one bite.

The tiger is a solitary hunter and does not like to share its area with other tigers. The tiger will mark its territory with strong-smelling urine and by scratching trees.

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