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Tigers are the largest animals in the genus Panthera, with some males of the largest subspecies, the Siberian tiger, weighing in at over 600 pounds. The great size and strength of these big cats allows them to carry prey several miles once they have dispatched it.
Scientists at the Museum and the wild-cat conservation organization Panthera have demonstrated a new technique to non-invasively survey tigers using their scent sprays. The findings of a recent study show that DNA taken from tiger spray is just as good or even better at identifying individual tigers and their gender as scat—the “breadcrumb” that researchers have traditionally used to track the endangered animals.
“Genetic monitoring of tiger source populations is a conservation priority,” said Anthony Caragiulo, a postdoctoral researcher in the Museum’s Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics.“The utility of this new method is really impactful because it will let us dramatically build upon the number of tigers that can be surveyed and, consequently, increase our understanding of these elusive animals—hopefully before they are gone.”
Although July 29th may seem like a normal day, it’s actually a day to appreciate the largest of the cat family: the tiger! Here are some cool facts about these fantastic felines:
1. Tigers are crepuscular – they hunt mainly in the morning and evening.
2. A group of tigers is called an ambush or a streak.
3. Tigers cannot purr, so to show happiness, they squint or close their eyes. This is because losing vision lowers their defense, so tigers only purposefully do so when they feel comfortable and safe. Many other cats do this as well.
4. Tigers are great swimmers unlike other species of cats. They enjoy bathing and swimming and go swimming to hunt for food.
5. Tigers have antiseptic saliva, so when they lick their wounds they disinfect them.
6. Stripes on tigers are unique just like fingerprints on humans. No two are the same.
In the last 10 years, we’ve lost 97% of wild tigers. At this rate, tigers could be extinct in 5 years. Be a hero for wildlife and join the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Conservancy to help save these majestic big cats.