Fast facts -- The big cats!
-- Tigers are the largest and heaviest living species of the cat family. Siberian tigers are the heaviest subspecies at 225 kgs or more.
-- There are five different species of the tiger: 1) Siberian; 2) Indochinese; 3) South China; 4) Bengal; 5) Sumatran. And no, white tigers are not a separate species.
-- The white tiger is not a separate sub-species, but only a colour variation.
-- Tigers are an endangered species with only about 5,000 to 7,400 tigers left in the wild. Three tiger subspecies, the Bali, Javan, and Caspian tigers have become extinct in the past 70 years.
-- A tiger's stripes act as camouflage, and help tigers hide from their prey. The Sumatran tiger has the most stripes of all the tiger subspecies, and the Siberian tiger has the fewest stripes. Tiger stripes are like human fingerprints; no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes.