Panthera tigris sumatrae
|HABITAT:||tropical dry forest|
|Diet:||deer, cattle, boar, and tapir|
|Lifespan:||16 – 19 years|
Sumatran tigers are living a life on top of the food chain. But life on top is hard; only 1 in 10 hunts is successful, so tigers have some adaptations to help them remain the top predator. Their prey is elusive and hard to find and the tigers have only one chance to make their kill. The tigers’ highly sensitive ears swivel in all directions, listening and locating their prey.
Their signature black stripes act as camouflage, masking their shape with the dark shadows as the light fi lters through the forest. Their large paws tread softly, as the tigers silently stalk closer. Once within pouncing range, the tigers’ keen eyes lock in on their prey. Their binocular vision gives them precise depth perception as they leap. Then, the tigers’ muscular build and brute strength helps them take down their prey.
|How you can help:||For more than 1,000 years the use of tiger parts has been included in traditional medicine. People believe that tiger parts can cure ailments and diseases, so poaching is the biggest threat to Sumatran tigers. You can help by supporting programs, such as the Tiger Conservation campaign, that work to stop poaching and to educate people about alternatives to traditional medicine that use endangered animal parts.|
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