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350 Bengal Tier Indien c naturepl.com Francois Savigny WWF
Tigers (Panthera tigris) lack the speed of other cats, but their large and strong hind legs allow them to make leaps of up to 10m in length. They have retractable claws, which means that they stay sharp, not getting worn down in day-to-day life. Their foreshortened jaws give them immense crushing power in their bites.

Predominantly solitary, tiger groups usually consist of mothers and their young, which stay with them for two years. Clearly marked home ranges keep accidental meetings and disputes to a minimum, but high levels of social tolerance has been observed, often at kill sites.

Tigers are now critically endangered due to poaching, logging and deforestation.

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