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Carnivores

Carnivores



White Tiger

White Tiger

The white tiger or bleached tiger is a pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger, which is reported in the wild from time to time in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Bihar in the Sunderbans region. Such a tiger has the black stripes typical of the Bengal tiger, but carries a white or near-white coat.

Range: It is found in the jungles and mangrove swamps of Asia were made at the beginning of the 1900s, but today there are thought to be less than 8,000 Tigers in the wild, with around 2,000 of these being Bengal Tigers. There are no White Tiger individuals known to be found outside of captivity.

Habitat: They are found in a variety of habitats including tropical forests, mangrove swamps and moist jungles that generally support dense vegetation and have a good source of fresh water.

Diet: The White Tiger is an apex predator in its environment, hunting its prey by stalking it stealthily in the darkness of night. The White Tiger primarily hunts large, herbivorous animals including Deer, Wild Boar, Cattle and Goats that feed both in the jungle and on its outskirts.

Weight : 260 kgs;

Longevity: White Tigers have an average lifespan of 12 years, which can be longer in captivity.

Gestation : 103 days.

Breeding Season: November to April.

White Tiger

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Royal Bengal Tiger

R.B. Tiger

The Bengal tiger is a population of the Mainland Asian tiger in the Indian subcontinent. It was treated as the nominate tiger subspecies prior to 2017.

Range: The Bengal tiger is found primarily in India with smaller populations in Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Myanmar. It is the most numerous of all tiger subspecies with more than 2,500 left in the wild.

Habitat: The habitat is varied: grasslands, subtropical and tropical rainforests, scrub forests, wet and dry deciduous forests and mangroves.

Diet: The tiger is a carnivore. It prefers hunting large ungulates such as chital, sambar, gaur, and to a lesser extent also barasingha, water buffalo, nilgai, serow and takin. Among the medium-sized prey species it frequently kills wild boar, and occasionally hog deer, muntjac and grey langur..

Weight : Male:220 kgs; Female: 140 kgs.

Longevity: A Bengal tiger has an average lifespan of 8 to 10 years in the wild. The maximum lifespan of the wild specimen is about 15 years. Very few tigers reach the15 years age in the wild because they eventually become too weak to hunt large animals. In captivity, Bengal tigers can live as long as 18 to 20 years.

Gestation : 104-106 days.

Offspring: At birth, a cub weighs 2.2 pounds (1 kg), and a female may have as many as seven cubs at a time.

Breeding Season: November to April.

Royal Bengal Tiger

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Asiatic Lion

Lion

These belong to Cat family, males are larger than females. Males have a mane of hair around their heads.

Range: They found in the forests of Saurashtra region of Gujarat in India only. (Gir National Park).

Habitat: They inhabit open grasslands or forests, including scrub jungle.

Diet: They feed on deer, antelope, Wild boar.

Weight : Male: 150-260 kgs; Female:120-180 kgs.

Longevity: 16-18 years.

Gestation : 100-119 days.

Offspring: Three to four cubs.

Breeding season: Throughout the year.

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Panther or Leopard

Leopard

The Panther / Leopard is very agile and stealthy predator. It can run at 60 kms per hour, leap over 6mters and jump up to 3 mtrs.

Range: It is found in sub-Saharan Africa with fragmented populations in Pakistan, India, Indochina, Malaysia and China.

Habitat: It prefers mainly grasslands, woodlands, river side forests and rain forest terrians.

Diet: Mainly consists of ungulates, monkeys, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fishes are also hunted and eaten.

Weight : Male:37-91 kgs; Female: 28-60 kgs.

Longevity: 20 years.

Gestation : 90-105 days.

Offspring: Two or Four.

Breeding Season: Throughout the year.

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Wild Dog

Wild dogs

The Dhole is a medium sized carnivore with reddish brown colour body coat and bushy black tail.

Size: 43 to 55 cms at the shoulder, head and body about 90 cms in length, tail 40 to 42 cms.

Habitat: Found in central and eastern Asia. Hunts in Packs of 10 to 30 individuals to bring down.

Diet: They prey like Spotted dear, Sambar etc.

Weight : Male : 16-21 Kgs; Female: 9-16 Kgs.

Longevity: 10-12 years.

Gestation : 2 months.

Offspring: Four to Six pups born in January or February.

Breeding Season : November & December.

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Jungle Cat

The jungle cat, also called reed cat and swamp cat, is a medium-sized cat native to the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia and southern China. It inhabits foremost wetlands like swamps, littoral and riparian areas with dense vegetation.

Habitat: The jungle cat may be found in a wide variety of other habitats types, including deserts, where it occurs along river bed sand near oases, and in grassland, woodland and dry deciduous forests.

Diet: The jungle cat prefers small mammals such as gerbils, hares and rodents. It also hunts birds, fish, frogs, insects and small snakes. Its prey typically weighs less than 1 kg (2.2 lb), and occasionally includes mammals as large as young gazelles.

Weight : 2 - 13 kgs.

Longevity: In captivity, jungle cats live an average of 15 years, but have been known to live up to 20 years. Lifespan in the wild ranges from 12 to 14 years.

Gestation : 63 – 66 days.

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Jackal

Golden Jackals

Jackals are medium-sized omnivorous mammals of the genus Canis, which also includes wolves, coyotes and the domestic dog.

Range: In India, they are found throughout the country upto 3000 m, and also in South-eastern Europe and South Asia up to Myanmar.

Habitat: Majority of them live near towns, agricultural fields, dense grasses and scrub lands etc.

Diet: They are opportunistic feeder and prey such as rabbits, rodents, birds, insects, fishes, monkeys, fawns of deer and antelope.

Weight : 7 - 15 kgs.

Longevity: 16 years.

Gestation : 2 months.

Offspring: Two to four.

Breeding season: December to January.