BENGAL TIGER - Panthera tigris tigris. The strongest living land creatures on Earth, measured by their power to weight ratio. There are nine tiger subspecies; three of which are extinct while the other six are endangered due to hunting and the destruction of their habitats. A group of tigers is called a “streak” or an “ambush”. Photo: MARTIN HARVEY / GALLO IMAGES / CORBIS
** Altho there were once 9 different tiger species, hunting, poaching, and loss of natural habitat has resulted in three extinctions and the result are critically endangered. Tiger populations are near collapse.
Tigers love water and are excellent swimmers. Here, in the Sundarbans National Park in India, tigers live in mangrove swamps and forests, sharing their habitat with saltwater crocodiles. (Neelsky/ Shutterstock)