Creature of myths, fairytales and much beloved storybooks, the tiger needs little introduction. Almost every culture on the planet considers the tiger to be significant and, within the animal kingdom, they are only really rivalled in size and strength by lions. Like lions, they are complex and fascinating apex predators, with an essential ecological role to play, but, also like lions, they suffer conflict with humans for space and habitat.
There are several places in the world where tigers still roam, including Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and even Siberia, but the main residence for this jungle royal, is India. Globally, there were once nine subspecies of tigers, but sadly, three of these are now extinct. The remaining subspecies include Bengal, Indo-Chinese, South China, Amur (Siberian), Malayan and Sumatran tigers.