The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest cat, most recognisable for its pattern of dark stripes on reddish-orange fur.
In 2016 it was estimated that only 3,890 tigers remained in the wild.
The tiger is among the most recognisable and popular of the world's cats. It featured in ancient mythology and folklore, and continues to be depicted in modern films and literature, appearing on many flags, coats of arms, and as mascots for sporting teams. The tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and South Korea.