Bengal Tigers of the Rainforest
Habitat: Bengal tigers of the rainforest prefer the mangroves, or densly forested edge of the rainforest near the ocean, in Southeast Asia. The male tiger’s home usually consists of up to 20 square miles of forest.
Diet: Bengal tigers of the rainforest spend most of the day sleeping and the night hunting for food. Their prey includes everything from water buffalo to small birds. They will lay in wait for the perfect opportunity to creep up behind their prey and attack with a fatal pounce. A tiger can eat up to 60 pounds in one night.
Facts: Poaching and loss of habitat are the top two threats to the Bengal tigers of the rainforest. Traditional Chinese medicine uses Bengal tiger bones to soothe various aches and pains from arthritis to malaria. The Chinese believe the tiger’s strength and mythical powers give their bones medicinal qualities which promote the healing of various ailments. Western science has discounted all claims of medicinal curative power in tiger bones but the Chinese have believed in their healing properties for over 1000 years so they still actively hunt the Bengal tiger despite its standing as endangered on the Endangered Species List. Population increases, agriculture and logging are all leading to the extinction of the Bengal tiger of the rainforest. As civilization expands these tigers are pushed into a smaller and smaller corner of the globe. Because Bengal tigers require such a large area (20 square feet) in order to thrive the loss of their habitat is especially harmful and rainforest conservation becomes especially poignant.