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Tigers are large, territorial Asian cats that are threatened with extinction due to loss of habitat. They have excellent eyesight and hunt prey mostly at night. Unlike most cats, tigers like the water and are good swimmers. Tigers evolved in south central China and moved to nearby areas, like Siberia, Sumatra, Indochina, and India. There are no tigers native to Africa.
Tigers range from 4.5-9 feet (1.4-2.7 m) long and weigh up to 500 pounds (230 kg). The coat ranges from white to orange-brown, and has black, brown, or grey stripes. The ears are small and round, have a black back and a white spot in the middles.
The scientific name for the Siberian or Amur tiger is Panthera tigris (genus and species).
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