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150 Pictures of Tigers - Sleeping, Swimming, with Cubs, and More!

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Pictures of Tigers

The tiger is the largest cat species and is recognizable by its characteristic orange fur and black stripes. Like humans and fingerprints, no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes. Researchers believe that tigers’ stripes serve as camouflage, concealing them in forest shadows as they hunt their prey.

Once numbering over 100,000 at the beginning of the 20th century, the tiger has become an endangered species with 3,000-4,000 currently living in the wild, mainly in northeastern China, Korea, Russia, and parts of India and the Himalayan region. This dramatic population reduction is a result of habitat destruction and poaching for fur and body parts. Most tigers live in zoos, with the largest captive populations in the United States (about 4,700) and China (about 4,000).

In descending order of population, the six subspecies of tiger living today are the Bengal tiger, the Indochinese tiger, the Malayan tiger, the Sumatran tiger, the Siberian tiger, and the South China tiger. The Bengal tiger, also called the Indian tiger, is the most numerous subspecies. They have coats ranging from yellow to light orange in color and stripes that are either dark brown or black. Males weigh 180-260 kg (400-570 lb), with females a bit smaller.

Bengal tiger at Raubtierpark Subingen

Bengal tiger at Raubtierpark Subingen

Bengal tiger at Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary in India

Bengal tiger at Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary in India

Bengal tiger lying in the grass and yawning at Raubtierpark Subingen

Bengal tiger lying in the grass and yawning at Raubtierpark Subingen

Bengal tiger at Ranthambhore National Park in India

Bengal tiger at Ranthambhore National Park in India

Bengal tiger at Ranthambhore National Park in India

Bengal tiger at Ranthambhore National Park in India

Bengal tiger at Ranthambhore National Park in India

Bengal tiger at Ranthambhore National Park in India

Bengal tigers in Karnataka, India

Bengal tigers in Karnataka, India

Indochinese tigers are smaller and darker than Bengal tigers, and they live in forests in mountainous or hilly regions. These Indochinese tigers are at Tierpark Berlin.

Indochinese tigers are smaller and darker than Bengal tigers, and they live in forests in mountainous or hilly regions. These Indochinese tigers are at Tierpark Berlin.

Indochinese tiger at Tierpark Berlin

Indochinese tiger at Tierpark Berlin

Malayan tigers are found on the Malay Peninsula and are similar in appearance to Indochinese tigers. These are two Malayan tigers at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Malayan tigers are found on the Malay Peninsula and are similar in appearance to Indochinese tigers. These are two Malayan tigers at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Malayan tiger

Malayan tiger

The Sumatran tiger, found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, is the smallest tiger subspecies. Males weigh just 100-140 kg (220-310 lb). This photo is of a Sumatran tiger at the Melbourne Zoo.

The Sumatran tiger, found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, is the smallest tiger subspecies. Males weigh just 100-140 kg (220-310 lb). This photo is of a Sumatran tiger at the Melbourne Zoo.

Sumatran tiger yawning at the Frankfurt Zoo in Germany

Sumatran tiger yawning at the Frankfurt Zoo in Germany

The Siberian tiger, also called the Amur tiger, is the largest living cat, with some males weighing as much as 177 kg (390 lb). This Siberian tiger is at the Buffalo Zoo.

The Siberian tiger, also called the Amur tiger, is the largest living cat, with some males weighing as much as 177 kg (390 lb). This Siberian tiger is at the Buffalo Zoo.

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Siberian tiger yawning (Buffalo Zoo). Siberian tigers have thicker coats, a paler golden color, and fewer stripes than other subspecies.

Siberian tiger yawning (Buffalo Zoo). Siberian tigers have thicker coats, a paler golden color, and fewer stripes than other subspecies.

Elena, a Siberian tiger at the Zürich Zoo in Switzerland

Elena, a Siberian tiger at the Zürich Zoo in Switzerland

Elena

Elena

Elena

Elena

Male Siberian tiger at the Bronx Zoo

Male Siberian tiger at the Bronx Zoo

Siberian tiger at Aalborg Zoo, Denmark

Siberian tiger at Aalborg Zoo, Denmark

Male Siberian tiger at Leipzig Zoo in Germany

Male Siberian tiger at Leipzig Zoo in Germany

Siberian tiger at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany

Siberian tiger at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany

Siberian tiger at Tierpark Berlin

Siberian tiger at Tierpark Berlin

Two young male Siberian tigers at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany

Two young male Siberian tigers at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany

Young Siberian tiger

Young Siberian tiger

A tiger at Franklin Park Zoo, Massachusetts, USA

A tiger at Franklin Park Zoo, Massachusetts, USA

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Tiger at Zoo Dortmund in Germany

Tiger at Zoo Dortmund in Germany

Brocken Inaglory (self-made (Sharpened, contrast corrected by: Arad)), CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Rene Mensen, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr
Tiger performing the Flehmen response, which helps them detect scents

Tiger performing the Flehmen response, which helps them detect scents

Sander van der Wel, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr

Pictures of Tigers’ Faces

Bengal tigers, the most numerous tiger subspecies, have the longest canines of any large cat. Their canines can be as long as 10 centimeters (4 inches)! You can see these teeth up close in some of the photos below. Also notice that stripes around tigers’ eyes tend to be symmetrical, but stripes around the face are often asymmetrical.

Sumatran tiger

Sumatran tiger

Sumatran tiger

Sumatran tiger

Tambako the Jaguar, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr
Sumatran tiger

Sumatran tiger

Siberian tiger

Siberian tiger

Sumatran tiger

Sumatran tiger

Sumatran tiger

Sumatran tiger

Siberian tiger

Siberian tiger

Siberian tiger

Siberian tiger

Sumatran tiger

Sumatran tiger

Sumatran tiger at a zoo in Spain

Sumatran tiger at a zoo in Spain

MacJewell, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr
Steve Evans (originally posted to Flickr as South India), CC-BY-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Rene Mensen, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr
Malayan tiger

Malayan tiger

Closeup of a golden tiger, also called golden tabby tiger or strawberry tiger. Golden tigers are not a distinct subspecies; their color is the result of a rare genetic variation. There are fewer than 30 golden tigers in the world, all in captivity.

Closeup of a golden tiger, also called golden tabby tiger or strawberry tiger. Golden tigers are not a distinct subspecies; their color is the result of a rare genetic variation. There are fewer than 30 golden tigers in the world, all in captivity.

The white tiger is a genetic variation of the Bengal tiger. Like golden tigers, white tigers are not a distinct subspecies. Though extremely rare in the wild, white tigers are popular in zoos because of their unique coloring.

The white tiger is a genetic variation of the Bengal tiger. Like golden tigers, white tigers are not a distinct subspecies. Though extremely rare in the wild, white tigers are popular in zoos because of their unique coloring.

Tambako the Jaguar, CC BY-ND 2.0, via FlickrWhite tiger
Vassil, CC0-1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication, via Wikimedia Commons White tiger at the Zoo of Amnéville in France
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Pictures of Tigers Sleeping

Tigers spend most of their time sleeping and resting. On average, they spend about 16 hours per day sleeping, twice as much as humans! Why do tigers spend so much time sleeping? Tigers live in a continual cycle of hunting, eating, and resting. A tiger’s hunt for prey uses a lot of energy, and only about one in every 10-20 hunts is successful. So, when they're not hunting, you'll usually see tigers resting and conserving energy.

Sleeping female tiger at Filmtierpark in Germany

Sleeping female tiger at Filmtierpark in Germany

maarjaara, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr
Tiger sleeping at Ouwehands Dierenpark Rhenen in the Netherlands

Tiger sleeping at Ouwehands Dierenpark Rhenen in the Netherlands

somewebpixels, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr
Tiger sleeping at the Detroit Zoo

Tiger sleeping at the Detroit Zoo

Tiger taking a nap at Filmtierpark in Germany

Tiger taking a nap at Filmtierpark in Germany

Tiger taking a nap at Secret Garden Las Vegas

Tiger taking a nap at Secret Garden Las Vegas

Tiger sleeping by the water at the Zürich Zoo

Tiger sleeping by the water at the Zürich Zoo

A white Bengal tiger sleeping

A white Bengal tiger sleeping

A tiger sleeping at the Everland Theme Park South Korea.

A tiger sleeping at the Everland Theme Park South Korea.

A tiger sleeping at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida

A tiger sleeping at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida

Another tiger sleeping at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida

Another tiger sleeping at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida

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A white tiger sleeping at Busch Gardens safari park in Tampa, Florida

A white tiger sleeping at Busch Gardens safari park in Tampa, Florida

A pair of Siberian tigers napping at Zoo Landau in Germany

A pair of Siberian tigers napping at Zoo Landau in Germany

Malayan tigers sleeping at the Cincinnati Zoo

Malayan tigers sleeping at the Cincinnati Zoo

Pictures of Tiger Cubs

A female tiger gives birth to a litter of about 2-3 cubs. She gives birth to her cubs in a sheltered den, such as a thicket or cave, and she rears her cubs alone. Cubs are born blind and helpless and don’t open their eyes until they are 1-2 weeks old. At age 3-6 months, cubs travel with their mother as she roams her territory, and she teaches them how to hunt. Cubs don’t separate from their mothers until they are about 2–2½ years old.

Tiger cub at the controversial "Tiger Temple" in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand

Tiger cub at the controversial "Tiger Temple" in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand