Tigers are the biggest members of the cat family and are renowned for their power and strength.
The tiger is capable of killing animals over twice its size; it is one of nature’s most dreaded predators.
Like its ancestor, the sabre-tooth cat, the tiger relies heavily on its strong teeth for existence. If it loses its canines (tearing teeth) through injury or old age, it can no longer kill and is likely to starve to death.
Tigers live alone and destructively scent-mark large territories (up to 100sq km in size) to keep their rivals away.
They are powerful nocturnal hunters that travel many miles to find buffalo, deer, wild pigs, and other large mammals. A Bengal tiger can eat 21kg of meat in a night and can kill the equal of 30 buffaloes a year.