What Are Some Basic Facts About Bengal Tigers?

Bengal tigers are mammals with a carnivorous diet, primarily eating large mammals such as wild deer, pigs and buffalo. This species can eat as much as 60 pounds of food in one night if they are really hungry. Bengal tigers catch their food using their coats to blend in with their surroundings, and they wait patiently and creep up slowly to their prey.

The population of Bengal tigers have dwindled down significantly over the years, with less than 2,000 of them left caused by hunting and destruction to their habitats. There are numerous programs in place for the remaining sub-species of tigers to protect them and keep them from becoming extinct.

Bengal tigers live approximately 8 to 10 years in the wild, and they are native to India. From head to tail, they can grow up to 6 feet long and can weigh approximately 240 to 500 pounds.

Most tigers are most active during nighttime, which is when they catch and eat their food. Bengal tigers are usually not much of a threat to humans, unless they are sickly and unable to catch enough prey to feed themselves. Healthy Bengals will travel miles just to find food, marking their scent along the way to keep any threats away. Tigers have the ability to spring up fast and pounce on their prey hard enough to kill them.