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WHERE: India, China, and Indo-china
COAT: Red or orange fur with light underbelly. Black stripes that are unique in every tiger, much like the fingerprints of humans.

WEIGHT & LENGTH: 100 - 670 lbs; 8.5 - 16 ft
UNIQUE: Largest of the four "big" cats (lion, leopard and jaguar), the tiger is only behind the polar bear and the brown bear as the third largest land carnivore. White tigers are rare in the wild but popular in zoos. As a consequence, many white tigers are the result of inbreeding and genetically unhealthy. Champawat Tiger. Tiger kisses. All About Tigers (Panthera tigris) Pensive. A quiet moment in time. Tiger Cub. Wild Tigers: the Time to Act Is Now. By Sharon Guynup HOBOKEN, New Jersey, December 31, 2013 (ENS) – Tigers are in trouble.

Wild Tigers: the Time to Act Is Now

The largest of the world’s cats, a species that’s existed for two million years, is slipping away before our eyes. Few realize that just 3,000 tigers remain in the wild. I just heard unofficial news that 100 tigers were poached in India in 2013. A century ago, more than 100,000 roamed 30 nations; today, they hang on in 12. Two of the world’s last remaining wild tigers (Photo by Steve Winter / National Geographic) Like all endangered wildlife, they face many threats. As villagers push deep into tiger territory, there’s inevitable conflict. The cat’s current precipitous decline began in the 1980s with a wave of poaching across their range. For millennia, medicine men have ascribed magical powers and healing properties to tigers. Snarling Tiger. Playing in the Snow. Best places to spot tigers in India.

Wanna see a real wild tiger?

Best places to spot tigers in India

Head to India, where nearly half of the world's remaining wild tiger population roams. The country's 1,400 big cats are spread over more than 40 national parks in the country. To help increase the odds of spotting a tiger in India, we've narrowed your choices down to five places where it's most likely you'll get a good sighting. The Secret Garden. Tigers paws under the ice.

Tiger Coloration. Mother Of The Year. Wolf and tiger cubs brought together to form a unique bond of endangered species. By Mail Foreign Service Updated: 14:21 GMT, 14 May 2010 In the wild, a chance meeting between a wolf and a tiger would not be this adorable.

Wolf and tiger cubs brought together to form a unique bond of endangered species

But, seeing as they were friends since being two weeks old, these litters of wolves and tigers share a unique bond. Separated from their mothers to insure their survival, they are beginning their journey as animal ambassadors at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species - conveniently abbreviated to 'Tigers'. Rajah and Sakari. The BIG cat who likes getting wet and wild.

By MICHAEL HANLON Last updated at 11:46 29 May 2007 Most cats do not like getting wet - as anyone who has tried to bathe a moggie will know.

The BIG cat who likes getting wet and wild

But as these pictures show, there's always the exception to the rule. For the cat in question is a large male white Bengal tiger called Odin. Six years old, and at the prime of his life, Odin lives at the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Zoo in Vallejo, near San Francisco. Scroll down for more White tigers - the colour is caused by an unusual genetic combination - are rare in the wild, although there are several dozen in zoos. Odin was hand-raised at the zoo. In fact, although Big Cats generally do not like water, tigers of all types have been spotted taking to the water to hunt and even to bathe for pleasure. Odin can now be observed in action - a large pool with glass walls has been constructed at the zoo to allow visitors to watch him gliding through the water with all the grace of a polar bear.

A tiger at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Park. Tigers love water and will readily jump in to kill their preyAt a Californian nature park, a trainer threw meat into a pool to demonstrate the tiger's agilityA photographer captured on film the tiger's quick dash and dive By Alex Ward Published: 11:43 GMT, 17 July 2012 | Updated: 11:43 GMT, 17 July 2012 This hungry tiger has just one thing on his mind - to taste fresh meat. He was quick to leap into water, his jaws open wide, razor-sharp teeth gleaming to reach the chunk of raw meat. Capturing the action on film at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Park in Vellejo, California was professional photographer Juan Leon, from Walnut Creek, California. Wittle Tiger. The Cutest Siberian Tiger Cub In the Whole World. Have you seen anything cuter than this?

The Cutest Siberian Tiger Cub In the Whole World

Meet Antares, a Siberian tiger cub at Berlin's Tierpark Zoo. He was named after a star in the Milky Way and is the 121st tiger born at Germany's most famous zoo. Antares is extra special, Siberian tigers are currently listed as an endangered species. He's sure to break some hearts when he grows up! Courtesy of etoday More Hi-Def Pics: 10 Most Beautiful Sunsets Gorgeous Winter Trees (10 pics) World Animal Day (18 photos) Strikingly Beautiful Shots of Etosha National Park, Namibia (13 photos) Earth From Above: Stunning Images (22 photos) Strikingly Beautiful Landscapes (8 photos)