Summer Wind Farms Sanctuary


Tigers are the largest and most powerful cats in the world. Male tigers weigh between 440 and 700 pounds. Female tigers weigh between 265 and 400 pounds. More than 80% of the wild tigers in the world are found on the Indian subcontinent. They live in forests or grasslands where their camouflage helps them to hunt prey. Tigers hunt alone and feed primarily on deer, wild boar, wild cattle, gaur, water buffalo, young rhinos, young elephants, and sometimes leopards and bears. A hungry tiger will attack anything it considers to be potential food, including humans.

 


 

Humans kill tigers illegally for their fur and are the tiger's only serious predator. All subspecies of tigers have been placed on the endangered species list. Of the nine subspecies of tigers, three are already extinct and another one is almost certain to be extinct in the very near future. A tiger's pattern of stripes is unique to each animal, and therefore, could potentially be used to identify individuals, similar to the way finger-prints are used with humans.


Tigers are extremely powerful. A single blow of their paw can kill a full-grown wolf or human. They have extremely strong jaws and sharp teeth that make them superb predators. They are also strong swimmers and can kill prey while swimming. Wild tigers can leap as high as 15 feet and as far as 30 feet. After the cougar, they are the highest-jumping mammals in the world. They have also been known to jump 6 foot high fenses while carrying domestic livestock.

 


 

The Bengal tiger is the most common tiger and is found in parts of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar. It inhabits grasslands, subtropical and tropical rainforests, wet and dry deciduous forests and mangroves. These tigers are at risk from poaching and habitat destruction.


The Siberian tiger (also known as the Amur, Manchurian or North China tiger), is found primarily in Siberia, where it is protected. It is the largest of the tiger subspecies. The largest Siberian tiger on record weighed 845 pounds. It is known for its thick coat and golden color. It also has a smaller number of stripes. All of the tigers at Summer Wind Farms Sanctuary are Siberian Bengal crosses.

 


To learn more information about tigers in general or any of the tigers pictured on this page, please contact us to arrange an educational tour.