Bengal Tigers

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Bengal Tigers

Bengal Tigers

Scientific Name: Panthera Tigris

•Status: Bengal Tigers are an endangered species •Size: Head and Body: 5 to 6 ft. Tail: 2 to 3 ft. Weight: 240-500 lbs.•Description: Bengal Tigers tend to be a reddish orange color with their bodies covered in black, gray or brown narrow stripes. The stripes usually run in a vertical direction along the top portion of their body. Their underbelly is generally a white or creamy color. There is a rare variation of the Bengal Tiger which has a white body with dark stripes and blue eyes.•Habitat: Tropical jungle, brush, marsh lands, tall grasslands

•Range: Bengal Tigers are found in the Southeaster Asia region, including India, Burma, Bangladesh, and the lower region of China.

•Number of Individuals left: About 3,000 worldwide •Reason Bengal Tigers are endangered: A main cause of the endangerment of Bengal Tigers has been humans. Humans have been poaching tigers so that they are able to sell its fur which is a valuable item. Humans also use the tiger parts for medicinal purposes. In more rural areas, humans sometimes kill the tigers to protect their homes and their livestock. Destroying the tigers’ habitat for developmental reasons has also been a reason for Bengal Tigers becoming endangered. •Impact on the ecosystem if they were to become extinct: If Bengal Tigers were to become extinct, it would have a critical impact on the ecosystem. Bengal Tigers are on top of the food chain so if they no longer existed, the animals they preyed on such as deer and antelope would increase their populations. Their expansion would become so dramatic that the vegetation that they feed on would eventually dwindle away and the smaller animals in the ecosystem would no longer be able to live there. Eventually the entire ecosystem would destruct.


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