International Tiger Day is celebrated every year on 29 July to raise awareness about this magnificent big cat. The day also calls for recognition of tiger conservation.
The purpose of this day is to promote and create a worldwide system dedicated to the conservation of tigers, their corridors and their natural habitat.
The safe and thriving habitat of this pinnacle predator ensures that we conserve other species and our forests as well.
Through International Tiger Day, we can work towards a future where humans and tigers can coexist peacefully and prevent their decline.
Some amazing and unique facts about this beautiful cat.
Tigers are the biggest wild cats in the world
A male tiger weighs up to 300 kg. very nice! It is like weighing a group of five ordinary people.
Tigers are good swimmers
These big cats love to spend time in the water and love to swim for hours. They are said to be able to swim several kilometers and have even been reported to swim about 30 kilometers in a day.
No two tigers have the same stripes
Striped patterns are unique to each individual and are not symmetrical. Even the colors of the stripes vary from light to dark.
At full speed, tigers can reach an impressive 65 km/h.
Tigers have very strong limbs that allow them to run at a speed of about 60 km/h, even if for short distances.
Tigers are mostly nocturnal
Not all tigers are nocturnal, but some prefer to hunt at night. This is because tigers avoid conflict with humans during the day and patrol their territory at night.
Tigers live about 25 years
The average life span of wild tigers is 20-25 years. Whether kept in captivity or in the wild, most of them die before the age of 20.
Tiger saliva is known as an antiseptic
Tiger saliva contains the enzyme lysozyme, which attacks the cell wall of wounds, providing protection against infection. They also lick themselves to clean their fur.
Tiger cubs are born blind and only half of them survive.
Tiger cubs are born blind, and only a few survive to adulthood. They reach full vision in a few weeks.
Newborn cubs do not see, they only follow their mother\’s scent. Since they are born blind and cannot survive, most of them die of cold or starvation.
Rumor has it that their urine smells like buttered popcorn.
The smell that comes from tiger urine is similar to that of buttered popcorn, but don\’t be tempted by it as it also serves as a warning signal to intruders in its territory.