Status: Critically Endangered
Population: Less than 400
Sumatran Tiger Fun Facts
The Sumatran tiger is the smallest tiger in their family. Its stripes are also thinner than other tigers, assisting with camouflage in the shadows of the jungle. A group of tigers is known as an ‘ambush’ or a ‘streak’. Tiger cubs will start hunting from as young as one year old, but they’ll stay with their mother until they’re two years old.
You may think that all cats hate to be in water, however unlike other cats, tigers like to swim. Sumatran Tigers have partial webbing between their toes, which makes them very fast swimmers. Not only are Sumatran tigers good swimmers they are amazing jumpers as well, able to leap up 30 ft. ahead.
More fun facts on the sumatran tigers, they have 5 different types of whiskers that pick up different vibration and helps to make them excellent hunters. Speaking of hunting, a tiger can bite down with 1000 pounds of force.
Click on the sources below to learn more about the Sumatran Tiger, what is being done to help their populations, and how you might get involved. (source: WWF, National Geographic , ZSL London Zoo and Aurifil)
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