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Royal Bengal Tiger of Bangladesh

Posted by naziia on on Sept. 7, 2012, 1:31 p.m.  

Royal bengal tiger, ( Panthera Tigris Tigris) is the national animal of Bangladesh. All of the Bengal tigers can be found at Sundarban, the mangrove forest located south-west to the country. As of 2004, population estimates in Bangladesh ranged from 200 to 419, mostly in the Sunderbans.[26][27] This region is the only mangrove habitat in this bioregion, where tigers survive, swimming between islands in the delta to hunt prey.[21] Bangladesh's Forest Department is raising mangrove plantations supplying forage for spotted deer. Since 2001, afforestation has continued on a small scale in newly accreted lands and islands of the Sundarbans.[3] From October 2005 to January 2007, the first camera-trap survey was conducted across six sites in the Bangladesh Sundarbans to estimate tiger population density. The average of these six sites provided an estimate of 3.7 tigers per 100 km2 (39 sq mi). Since the Bangladesh Sundarbans is an area of 5,770 km2 (2,230 sq mi) it was inferred that the total tiger population comprised approximately 200 individuals.[28] The Bengal tiger's coat is yellow to light orange, with stripes ranging from dark brown to black; the belly and the interior parts of the limbs are white, and the tail is orange with black rings. Male Bengal tigers have an average total length of 270 to 310 cm (110 to 120 in) including the tail, while females measure 240 to 265 cm (94 to 104 in) on average.[8] The tail is typically 85 to 110 cm (33 to 43 in) long, and on average, tigers are 90 to 110 cm (35 to 43 in) in height at the shoulders.[9] The average weight of males is 221.2 kg (488 lb), while that of females is 139.7 kg (308 lb).[10] A white Bengal tiger at the Cougar Mountain Zoological Park. The white tiger is a recessive mutant of the Bengal tiger, which is reported in the wild from time to time in Assam, Bengal, Bihar and especially from the former State of Rewa. However, it is not to be mistaken as an occurrence of albinism. In fact, there is only one fully authenticated case of a true albino tiger, and none of black tigers, with the possible exception of one dead specimen examined in Chittagong in 1846 Royal Bengal Tiger is without doubt the most fascinating wild animal today. It is the national animal of Bangladesh. It has ruled the roost of major felid species for most part of the current century. Royal Bengal Tiger is reddish orange with narrow black, gray or brown stripes, generally in a vertical direction. The underside is creamy or white; a rare variant has a chalky white coat with darker stripes and icy blue eyes. The weight is, male 225 kg , female 135 kg. It is the largest existing member of the cat family. It is called so because of its royal look and is available in Bengal or Bangladesh (Sundarbans). It feeds on medium to large prey such as pigs, deer, antelopes, and buffalo Some interesting facts: 1. Since tigers hunt mostly at dusk and dawn their stripes help them hide in the shadows of tall grasses. They stalk and pounce because they are not able to chase prey a long distance. 2. The territorial male tiger usually travels alone, marking his boundaries with urine, droppings, and scratch marks to warn off trespassers. 3. A tiger can consume as much as 40 kg (88 lb.) of meat in one feeding. 4. Tigers may drag their prey to water to eat. They are commonly seen in the shade or wading in pools to cool off. 5. Since white tigers have pigmented stripes and blue eyes, they are not albinos. 6. It is estimated that there are less than 3,000 Bengal tigers left in the wild. References: http://www.bangla2000.com/bangladesh/royal_bengal_tiger.shtm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengal_tiger

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