Can Tigers Climb Trees?

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Most tiger subspecies can climb trees. However, their large size and weight, in addition to their paws, which evolved for long-distance travelling and bringing down large prey, prevent tigers from being as proficient at climbing trees as many other big cat species, such as the leopard.

Tigers, or Panthera tigris, are the largest members of the cat family. There are six surviving subspecies of tigers out of the original nine that are known. Subspecies range from the small Sumatran to the large Amur, commonly called the Siberian tiger. Bengal and Siberian tigers are among the biggest cats to have ever existed. Tigers are considered an endangered species due to deforestation, loss of habitat and hunting.