My Favorite Animal: The Beautiful and Deadly Tiger

I love tigers.  They’re always my favorite at the zoo with red pandas coming in second.  So, I’m well aware of how endangered they are.  Only 3,900 left in the wild with breeding programs trying to fix that.  3 subspecies are extinct too.  Tigers are killed for the following reasons:

  • Habitat destruction
  • Reduced food supply
  • Poaching

In other words, it’s humans again.  Should I even point that out?  I think it’s pretty well-established that most, if not all, endangered species are in their position because of what we do.


Now, how many tiger species are there?  9 subspecies with 3 of those being extinct.  Though, there is debate on if it’s 2, 6, 8, or 9.  Let’s go with the bigger number for more pictures.

Bengal Tiger

Amur/Siberian Tiger

South China Tiger

Indochinese Tiger

Malayan tiger

Sumatran Tiger

Extinct- Javan Tiger

Extinct- Caspian Tiger

Extinct- Bali Tiger

And that’s the 9 subspecies.  There are also white tigers, but they’re mutations from Amur or Bengal tigers. Now, a video:

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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29 Responses to My Favorite Animal: The Beautiful and Deadly Tiger

  1. noelleg44 says:

    They are magnificent animals, Charles, and this year is the Year of the Tiger!

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  2. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    More shocking animal facts from Charles

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  3. Reblogged this on T. W. Dittmer and commented:
    Came across this post on tigers and had to share it. It is the Year of the Tiger, by the way.

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  4. Great post. Something different than we usually see in blogland.

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  5. Jennie says:

    Such beautiful animals. I had no idea so many of their species were extinct.

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  6. Beautiful animals, Charles. Sad about those who are extinct. Thanks for this. The video is terrific too.

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  7. Jaq says:


    I’ve always loved tigers. It’s on my bucket list to cuddle a baby one. If I was rich, the one thing I’d love to do is start a big cat sanctuary and participate in the breeding programs.

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    • That would be so cool. Both the baby cuddling and sanctuary.

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      • Jaq says:

        If I had the sanctuary, I’d be cuddling ALL the kittens. 😉

        It would take a fortune though. Land, staff, full time vet, enclosures, not to mention food. My daughter did some work experience at a zoo and got a good look at the less glamorous side of caring for large animals. Cleaning the meat freezer was her least favourite job, but her last day happened to fall on her birthday and they let her help feed the big cats that day.


      • My friend worked at a zoo for a while. Told me all sorts of stories. It’s definitely hard and gross work at times. Though it seems many animals have quirky personalities and keep things interesting.

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      • Jaq says:

        She had a ‘pet’ Cheetah during that time. She couldn’t touch him of course, but there were three new arrivals in backstage cages where only staff saw them and she used to talk to the one and connected with him. Not crazy enough to open the cage or anything, but we’re a cat loving family.


      • Awesome. I’ve heard cheetahs are rather anxious and less likely to attack than attack than other big cats.


      • Jaq says:

        I wouldn’t want to test that. I’ve seen a guy on television who has a ‘pet’ Cheetah but if kitty hears someone else approach, he sits up looking like a Doberman on guard duty. Lions and Lynxes have developed very affectionate relationships with people. Ocelots look reasonably friendly too, playing with photographers in the wild.


      • I guess cheetahs looking skinny and not as threatening helps their reputation. Ocelots do look cool.


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  9. How beautiful they are. Thanks for sharing the information, Charles! Have a nice week! xx Michael


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