Man, considering himself the master of the planet, unfortunately, has already exterminated a large number of animals from the face of the Earth. The threat of extinction looms over the largest cats - tigers. These are large mammals of the cat family, and although they are predators themselves, there are not so many of them left on Earth. Today they are listed in the Red Book, hunting for them is prohibited. Their habitat is Asia. For those who do not know where tigers live, here are the specific areas:
- Far East;
- Southeast Asian countries.
Depending on the habitat, they are divided into several types. Each of them bears the name of the area where tigers live at the moment. So, the Amur live in the Primorsky and Khabarovsk Territories of Russia, the royal Nepalese live in India, Nepal. There is also an Indochinese subspecies, it can be found in South China, Laos, Vietnam, and the Sumatran species of these beautiful animals lives on the island of Sumatra.
Tigers in Russia
It is impossible to tell in one article about each of the species of these huge striped cats and where tigers live, so we will focus on only one of them - the Ussuri. It lives in the Far Eastern taiga and is its most important decoration. This large mammal can reach a length of up to 290 cm, while having a tail half its body long.
For many Far Eastern peoples, he is a kind of object of worship. Despite his strength, he turned out to be very vulnerable and has a dramatic fate. Already in the 1930s, he was on the verge of extinction due to hunting. And only by the 1960s. the number has increased slightly. However, to this day there are those who want to hunt for him, although it is not so easy to find places in the taiga where tigers live. They are listed in the Red Book and protected by law in all countries of the world.
Many mistakenly believe that tigers mostly live in Africa. However, this is misleading. These strong cats are an exclusively Asian species, in Africa they live only in zoos, in their natural habitat they are not there. But were they ever there? Many scientists are trying to solve this question, but reliable data has not yet been found.
In the legends of some African peoples, it is said that saber-toothed tigers lived on the continent, but it is difficult to answer whether this is really so. It is believed that this species existed in Eurasia and America, but for a very long time, about 30 thousand years ago. But from Africa so farSince then, information has been received about its existence, but so far they have not been able to find evidence of this. All information is based only on the stories of hunters who allegedly met with him. However, scientists believe that this animal species was closer to lions. They lived in prides and hunted together, while the tiger always lives alone. In the process of evolution, these beautiful and large cats may have split into several different species.
In the cat family, white individuals sometimes come across. There are such among the tigers. They are found in North and Central India, as well as in some other countries. Usually albino cubs are born from ordinary red individuals. In nature, their survival rate is almost zero, all because of the color. They cannot hunt normally and are usually doomed to death. They are kept in zoos to survive.