Friday, 19 September 2008

Tigers of Asia

National Geographic has information on tigers and they have colouring pictures as well.

The Siberian (Amur) tiger, Panthera tigris altaica is found in the extreme south east of Russia as well as some parts of northern China and Korea. It lives in woodlands which are snowy for much of the year.

The Bengal tiger, Panthera tigris tigris has it's largest population in hot and humid mangrove forests of India and is also found in Bhuta, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Some Bengal tigers are "White" - they have a creamy white coat with brown stripes which are not as dark as normal Bengal tiger stripes.

The Malayan (Indochinese) tiger, Panthera tigris corbetti, lives in Thailand, southern China, Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. They live in mountainous regions.

The South China tiger, Panthera tigris amoyensis is the most endangered tiger species, being found in the southern and eastern woodlands and plains of China, but only very rarely seen.

The Sunatran tiger, Panthera tigris sumatrae live only on the island of Sumatra, in Indonesia. They live in mountainous and lowland forests and have the darkest coat of any tiger. They are also very endangered.

The Bali, Javan and Caspian tiger sub-species all became extinct during the 1900s.

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