Classification Of The Sumatran Tiger

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Taxonomic Classification of the Sumatran Tiger:
• Domain: Eukaryote
• Kingdom: Animalia
• Phylum: Chordate
• Class: Mammalia
• Order: Carnivore
• Family: Felida
• Genus: Panthera
• Species: Tigris [5]

The Sumatran Tiger (Panthera Tigris Sumatrae) only inhabits the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Since 1978, the population of the Sumatran Tiger has decreased by an estimated 60%. In the remaining patches of tropical-forest in Sumatra, this apex predator is classified as critically endangered with only fewer than 400 specimens left. Like their Javanese and Balinese relatives, the Sumatran Tiger could face extinction as a result of mass deforestation and illegal poaching. Being the smallest subspecies of tigers, males typically grow to over 2.3 meters long from head to tale and weigh up to 120 kilograms. The typical female Sumatran Tiger can weigh up to 95 kilograms and grow to an average length of 2.13 meters. Although females are slightly smaller in size, the main difference between male Sumatrans and female Sumatrans are that males have particularly long fur around their faces (as shown in the image on the right). Sumatran tigers are strong swimmers nonetheless are somewhat incompetent climbers. Acknowledging their strong swimming capabilities, Sumatran tigers commonly roam the Leuser ecosystem’s peat forests, swamps, rivers and lowland rainforests hunting for prey. Their carnivorous diet generally consists of fish, birds, monkeys and ungulates. Preys that have the…
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