Malayan Tiger

Panthera tigris jacksoni

The Malayan tiger wears the characteristic striping pattern of black stripes on orange and white that provides excellent camouflage in the forest. Using its quiet stalking ability, a tiger will ambush large prey, often pouncing on it from the rear.

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Other than females with their young, tigers are solitary and come together only to mate. Each tiger defends its own territory from others of the same gender. Territories must be large to provide enough prey for a tiger to eat. A tiger may travel up to 20 miles a night in search of prey. As more and more forests disappear, tigers struggle to maintain a territory with sufficient prey.

Learn more: The Zoo is committed to ensuring the survival of endangered tigers, of which there are fewer than 3,900 remaining in the wild.

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where to see themWhere to see them: Cat Canyon
lengthLength: 7.6 to 9.3 ft
weightWeight: 220 to 400 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 15 yrs
habitatHabitat: Forest
dietDiet: Deer, wild pigs, and cattle
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Critically Endangered)