Bengal Tiger (Scientific name: Panthera tigris tigris) (8/10)

This royal species, considered as the national animal for both India and Bangladesh, has been under the threat of extinction since 2008. Referred colloquially as the ‘Big Cat’, 70 percent of Bengal tigers are said to be settled in India. Smaller populations of this regal being are also found in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, and Myanmar. There are 2,500 or so Bengal tigers left in the world. Human interference and poaching has endangered this stunning animal, which is further worsened by the destruction of tropical evergreen forests, mangrove swamps and grass jungles. Are you aware that this tiger’s roar can be heard from over a mile’s distance?

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