The tiger is a mammal and a type of cat. Its scientific name is Panthera tigris.
It has an orange and black stripped body. It grows to be 4 meters long and weighs around 300kg.
There are many different kinds of tigers:
Bengal Tigers found in India
Indonesian Tigers found in China
Malayan Tigers found in Malaysia
Sumatran Tigers found on the Island of Sumatra
South China Tigers found in Southern China
The South China Tigers are the rarest species in the world. There are only 59 known captive tigers in the whole world.
Tigers are endangered because their habitats are getting smaller and they are hunted by humans for their meat and fur. Tiger skins make nice rugs!
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