Rocky, a rather old (but friendly) tiger.
Taken during my 3 weeks of Work Experience at Paradise Wildlife Park
when my friend and I went on a day out to the Wildlife Heritage foundation
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The tiger (Panthera tigris) is a member of the Felidae / feline family; tigers are the largest of the four "big cats" (Ligers are not included as they are a cross between a lion and a tiger). Native to much of eastern and southern Asia, tigers can reach up to 4 metres (13 ft) in total length and weighing up to 300 kilograms (660 pounds), with the larger tiger subspecies comparable in size to the biggest extinct felids.
The most numerous tiger subspecies is the Bengal tiger while the largest subspecies is the Siberian tiger. (Unfortuantly I'd include more info on the specific subspecies of tiger that Rocky is but I've forgotten which he is XD)
Highly adaptable, tigers range from the Siberian taiga, to open grasslands, to tropical mangrove swamps. They are territorial and generally solitary animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey demands. This, coupled with the fact that they are endemic to some of the more densely populated places on earth, has caused significant conflicts with humans. Of the nine subspecies of modern tiger, three are extinct and the remaining six are classified as endangered, some critically so. The primary direct causes are habitat destruction and fragmentation, and hunting. Their historical range, which once reached from Mesopotamia and the Caucasus through most of South and East Asia, has been radically reduced. While all surviving species are under formal protection, poaching, habitat destruction and inbreeding depression continue to be threats.