National Zoo & Aquarium

Hi! I’m Ravi a Bengal Tiger

The Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is found primarily in India and surrounding regions. They are the second largest tiger. The Bengal tiger population is estimated at fewer than 2,500. While they are endangered, the Bengal tiger population is the most stable of the 4 types of tigers.

Tigers are predominately solitary animals with both males and females maintaining their own territories. A male’s territory is up to three times larger than a female’s and will occasionally overlap several female territories. Male Bengal Tigers will fiercely defend their territory from rival males, often engaging in serious fights. Females are less territorial, occasionally sharing their territory with other females. To minimise the risk of conflict, Tigers leave signs that an area is occupied by scent marking their territories with urine and faeces and leaving scratch marks on trees.

The National Zoo is home to a two male Bengal tigers; brothers Ravi and Baru.

Bengal Tiger

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Bengal Tiger facts

CONSERVATION STATUS Endangered
DISTRIBUTION India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Southern Tibet
WEIGHT 220kg (male), 140kg (female)
HEIGHT 90–110cm at shoulder
LIFE SPAN 10–15 years in wild, up to 22 years in captivity
GESTATION 98–110 days

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