Tiger Habitat: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Tigers live in many different kinds of habitats. Come learn about their habitats, how they provide what tigers need to survive and why tigers may disappear from the wild forever if they and their habitats aren't protected.

Where in the World do Tigers Live?

Imagine walking through a jungle. In the shadows watching you is an animal you don't notice because it is well hidden in its surroundings. You continue on, enjoying your walk, unaware that you could have been a snack for the lurking tiger.

When you picture a tiger, you might think of it in a jungle or rainforest, but tigers are found in different kinds of habitats, or types of places where they naturally live.

You can find tigers in:

  • Mountains that are rocky
  • Forests with evergreen trees
  • Swamps filled with mangroves
  • Hot, humid rainforests
  • Open savannahs
  • Grasslands

Tiger in grassland habitat
Tiger in grassland habitat

Hunting in the Tiger Habitat

Tigers are carnivorous, or meat eaters, and these big cats get very hungry. They usually grab a large dinner twice a week and hunt different animals, depending on their habitat. Some of their favorite snacks include deer, wild pigs, buffalo, wild cows, elephant calves, and rhinoceroses.

Like an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, tigers eat as much as their stomach can hold in one sitting, and then come back to nibble on their kill during the week when they are hungry.

Tigers and their prey also need water to live, like you do, so their habitats include ponds, swamps, rivers and streams. Although they enjoy a cool, refreshing drink, tigers also use the water in their habitat to cool off, the way you take a dip in the pool on a hot summer day.

They are also great swimmers and sometimes wait for their dinner to stop for a drink so they can pounce.

Living Alone

Siberian tiger and cub in a snowy habitat
Siberian tiger and cub in a snowy habitat

Tigers don't like to hang out with other tigers very much, except for mother tigers and their cubs. Depending on their habitat and how much food is available, some tigers have areas they roam and protect, called ranges, that span many miles.

The Siberian tiger has the largest range of all tigers because it has fewer animals in its habitat, so it has to go a longer distance for food. This tiger's range has an area of about 4,000 square miles, which is about the size of the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined!

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