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Tigers

Visit the Bengal tigers in Jungala® during a "Meet the Keeper" interaction to see special behaviors, feedings and even a tiger test of strength.

Native to Asia, Bengal tigers are one of the largest tiger subspecies, with males weighing nearly 500 pounds. An endangered species, tigers are poached for their hides and bones, which some cultures believe possess medicinal or healing properties in the powdered form.

Visit Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay’s tigers in Jungala®.

Did you know that tigers have binocular vision? Tigers have forward facing eyes rather than one on each side of their head. This provides binocular vision because each eye's field of vision overlaps creating a three dimensional image. Binocular vision enables them to accurately assess distances and depth which is extremely useful for maneuvering within their complex environment and stalking prey.

Did you know that tigers can jump forward over 32 feet? The hind legs of the tiger are longer than their front legs, which enable them to leap distances up to 10 meters (32.5 ft).

Fun Fact: Tigers are the only large cat species to have distinctive striping on both their hair and skin, and one of the few that enjoys swimming.

Q: How big is a tiger?

BG: Tigers are the largest existing member of the cat family. Male tigers can weigh up to 500 pounds and females can weigh up to 300 pounds. Tigers can also be 9-10 feet in length. 

Q: Where do tigers live?

BG: Tigers live in a diverse array of habitats such as tropical rainforests, mangrove swamps, evergreen forests, grasslands, savannahs and rocky areas. The tiger population can be found in India, Nepal, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, China, Sumatra, Siberia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

Q: Can tigers swim?

BG: Yes! Tigers, unlike many other cat species, readily enter water to cool themselves and in the pursuit of prey. They are powerful swimmers and capable of traversing lakes and rivers.

Q: How long do tigers live?

BG: Tigers can live up to 26 years.

Q: How do tigers communicate?

BG: Tigers utilize a variety of vocalizations to communicate over long distances. Roaring is produced in a variety of situations such as taking down large prey, signaling sexual receptivity and females calling to their young. These roars may be heard from distances over 3 km (1.8 mi.).