Bengal Tiger Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Bonnie Pluta

Bonnie has taught at the elementary and middle school level and has a master's degree in Child and Family Studies.

Learn all about the endangered Bengal tiger. In this lesson, you will discover what they look like, where they live, about their food, and other cool facts.

The Bengal Tiger

Tigers are a very popular species of cat. We see examples of them in books, movies, and even on cereal boxes. In real life, tigers are an endangered species. The sub-species known as the Bengal tiger is the most common type of tiger in the wild today.

Bengal tigers are usually orange with dark stripes.
Bengal Tiger

When you think of a tiger, you probably think of a humongous orange cat with black stripes. That's exactly what most Bengal tigers look like, but not all - some are white! The color of a Bengal tiger can vary depending on where they're from. Their stripes range from brown to black. The pattern of their stripes is unique to each tiger, just like our fingerprints are unique to each of us.

The Bengal tiger is the second largest type of tiger. Adult males weigh around 500 pounds, while females are about 300 pounds. They can be up to ten feet long from their nose to the tip of their tail. They have sharp claws and teeth.

The Life of a Bengal Tiger

The Bengal tiger is mostly found in parts of India. Some people call them Indian tigers. There are also some in Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, China, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. These tigers live in a variety of habitats including rainforests, deciduous forests, swampy mangroves, and grasslands.

Tigers can eat a lot of food! Sometimes up to 60 pounds in one day. They stalk and hunt their prey during the night. Some of their favorite food includes wild pigs, buffalo, deer, elk, fish, rabbits, and mice. Tigers don't seem to have much of an appetite for people but do sometimes attack humans. Usually it is because the tiger feels threatened or is protecting its young. Other times, it is because the tiger is hurt or sick and can't catch other prey. After all, a person is a lot easier to catch than a deer!

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