The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest cat, most recognisable for its pattern of dark stripes on reddish-orange fur.


It is an apex predator, mainly preying on deer. It is territorial and usually lives on its own, often requiring large areas of habitat where its prey live and feed.


Tigers once lived across most of Asia, however over the past 100 years, the species has lost 93% of its habitat. Major reasons for this include habitat destruction and poaching.


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 flagscoats of arms, and as mascots for sporting teams. The tiger is the national animal of BangladeshIndiaMalaysia and South Korea.