Tiger (Sumatran)

Panthera tigris sumatrae

IUCN Red List status: Critically Endangered

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Critically Endangered


Where they live

restricted to the Indonesian island of Sumatra


tropical rainforests


Head to tail length 2.4m in males and 2.2 m in females.


average weight 126 kg males and 90 kg females.


15-20 years.


Hunting for trophies, hunting for skins, trade in bones and other body parts for traditional medicines, competition for food and space with a growing human population and habitat degradation and destruction.

More about Sumatran tigers...

Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the sub-species, and a Critically Endangered big cat which numbers as few as 300-400 in the wild.

They are powerful solitary hunters, whose stripes help them to hide in long grass or the shadows of the forest. The sharp retractile claws, powerful jaws and sharp teeth are used to capture kill and eat the prey which is located using the tigers hearing, acute eyesight and sense of smell. They hunt by stealth, creeping close enough to the prey, normally a deer or wild pig, before attacking their victim with a fatal pounce.

A hungry Sumatran tiger will eat up to 18kg of meat in one sitting.

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