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The Sumatran Tiger originates from the Island of Sumatra, Indonesia.
They are carnivorous - preying on deer, birds, fish and monkeys.
Sumatran Tigers are solitary, usually hunting from dusk to dawn amongst swamps, rivers, lowlands and forests.
Usually 3-4 cubs are born, after a gestation period of 112 days. Cubs will remain with their mother until the age of 2-3 years. Tigers can live between 15-25 years.
About the Sumatran Tiger
The Sumatran tiger is the smallest and darkest species of tiger. Their small size helps them to move through the jungle much easier than the bigger tiger species. It is the only remaining island living tiger in Indonesia and inhabits a landscape that ranges from mountain forest, to lowland and peat forest.
Their coat pattern is made up of orange, black and white stripes. The stripes of the Sumatran tiger are much closer together than in other tiger species which helps them with camouflage. The habitat that the tiger usually lives in has tall grass, which means with the stripes the tiger is able to blend in easily.
Did you know?
They’re the last of the ‘Island Tiger’ subspecies, with less than 500 individuals remaining in fragmented populations.