Tigers are the largest members of the cat family. Typically a night hunter, it can easily take down large animals, such as deer, wild pigs and cattle. Small animals are also sometimes on the menu. Their coat is orange with black stripes; however, color intensity and the pattern of markings can vary according to species.
The Sumatran tiger is the smallest and darkest of the subspecies, and the Siberian is the largest and lightest in color. At one time, eight subspecies made up the tiger family, but since the 1950s three have gone extinct. The five remaining species are endangered due to poaching, loss of habitat and loss of prey due to overhunting by humans.
Despite this, tigers remain one of the most popular and recognizable creatures in the world. Here’s several interesting facts about them that may surprise you.