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Sumatran Tiger

Panthera Tigris Sumatrae

As like the other tigers, they posses many of the characteristics and qualities listed the Tigers article found:
Tigers, General article by AQ

The Sumatran tiger is the smallest of the sub-species. It has the darkest of the coats with broad, black stripes that are closely spaced and sometimes doubled as well as having stripes on its forelegs.
Males can weigh between 220-310 pounds; average 7’-8.8’ in length.
Females may weigh between 165-245 pounds; average 7’-7.7’ in length.
These tigers live on the Indonesian island of Sumatra in one of the five national parks that exist on the island.
There are approximately 400 tigers in the wild, 250 that live in zoo worldwide, and possibly another 100 that live in the unprotected areas on the island of Sumatra.
Females may give birth to 1-5 cubs; however, the average is 2-3 cubs per litter. After only 8 weeks, the cubs join their mother on hunts. Within 6 months to a year, they learn how to make their first kill, and after1 yr learn how to kill for themselves.
The specific range of this tiger is unknown. Sumatran tigers prefer the lowland forest, but will inhabit the sub-mountain and mountain forests too and the peat-moss forests.
In the wild they eat two types of deer native to Sumatra and wild pig.

At the Honolulu Zoo site, you can see some beautiful short videos of their Sumatran tigers, Pandji and Djelita in action; as well as their sound.
(animal info/sounds/Sumatran tiger).

I have included a couple links to two of my favorite videos from the Honolulu Zoo site.
Video: http://www.honoluluzoo.org/media/tiger_sack_250.wmv

Considering the capabilities and survival skills of these tigers, you wouldn't think they would be endangered.
The greatest danger to this tiger’s survival is, of course, mankind.

information/photos: 5tigers.org, cco.uk, tigerhomes.org, bigcatrescue.org, zallposters.com, ooschoolecsd.net, ebicom.net, Wikipedia.com, Honolulu Zoo

This post has been edited by Atlantean_Queen: Jan 22 2008, 12:57 AM
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