A magnificent Bengal Tiger is looking back over its shoulder into the camera, lazing in the scorching sun. The Royal Bengal’s amber eyes are piercing through the lens. Behind that gorgeous Tiger, in the background, there is a massive bright green bush and mountains.
In India, the Bengal Tiger population we estimate to be between 1706 – 1909 individuals. Their lifespan in the wild is about 8 – 10 years. Despite this, they are a cultural icon and a symbol of many stories and folktales. Also seen as a symbol of will-power, courage, and personal strength. In tantric Buddhism, the Tiger’s skin represents the transformation of anger into wisdom and insight. It is the national animal of India and Bangladesh. Another tribute to them is the Bangladeshi money even contains an image of the Bengal Tiger.
Undeniably one of the most majestic animals. These beloved creatures are just as unique as humans. Each of the stripes is different from the next Tiger, just as our fingerprints are unique to each individual. Interestingly, they indeed have the massive canine teeth out of every living cat. They are approximately 10 centimeters / 4 inches long. Bengal Tigers are native to the Indian subcontinent. Moreover, poaching, habitat loss, and fragmentation of habitat are all threats to these Bengal Tigers.
Unfortunately, the Bengal Tiger, Panthera Tigris, is on the IUCN list as critically endangered.
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