How much does a Tiger Eat?

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How much does a Tiger Eat

What does the Tiger eat? How much meat does it eat? Does it have an impact on the environment? If you have already asked yourself at least one of these questions, you are at the right place.

Reference of the Tiger in the world, La Tiger-Universe, explains to you in the smallest details all that concern the preys and the feline's food.

The Tiger is a carnivorous animal! It must hunt its game to survive. It feeds on big prey such as Bovids, antelopes, and deer as small animals like wild boars, monkeys, and hares.

In this article, you will discover the entire list of animals that make up the meal of the feline. But above all, how often he eats.

Let's get started! 🐯

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Β What do the Bengal Tiger and the Siberian Tiger eat?

To know more precisely the food of the fawn, it seemed apparent to us to separate them into two categories πŸ… Indeed, the Siberian tiger is the most imposing of his colleagues. The Bengal tiger has an intermediate size. The latter represents other smaller individuals such as the Sumatran tiger, Malaysian tiger, etc. They do not live in the same environment either, although they have some similarities. Let's see it in more detail!

The diet of the Bengal tiger

resting tiger

First of all, the Bengal tiger (and all other tigers too) is a carnivore! In case you don't know! It can eat some berries and other plants, but only to help it digest. Although they are more challenging for the animal to catch, it prefers to hunt large animals, containing more meat allowing them to last several days or more than a week;

Among its large preys, we find :

  • Cattle such as the Gaur, the Takin, the Water Buffalo, or the Nilgaut antelope πŸƒ
  • Deer such as the Sambar, the Axis, or the Duvaucel deer
  • Capricornis, the equivalent of our chamois in Asia
  • Antelopes
They generally avoid elephants, much too big for them. On the other hand, they can attack baby elephants. When these large animals become scarce, the Bengal tiger then rushes to the medium prey;


Among the medium prey, we can find :

  • Small deer such as the pigmy deer or the Muntjac 🦌
  • Wild boars
  • Monkeys such as langurs, a species of monkey common in India
Finally, if the large and medium prey runs out, the tiger is forced to repatriate on small game, which gives him much less meat at once πŸ˜” ;


Small Prey:

  • Hares
  • Porcupines, which are rather dangerous for the tiger
  • Rhesus Macaques πŸ™Š
  • Blue Peacocks

The feeding of the Siberian Tiger

siberian tiger

The Siberian tiger lives in a territory far from its Asian brethren; it must face a much colder and hostile environment. Its diet is quite similar to that of the Bengal tiger but species-specific to its territory.

Its main preys are ;

  • Deer such as the Sika deer and the Siberian musk deer
  • The Siberian deer
  • Wild boars πŸ—
  • The Long-tailed Goral, a Bovid from Siberia and the mountains of Asia
  • The Elk
  • The Manchurian Elk of China

The Siberian Tiger sometimes also attacks brown and Asiatic bears or even the lip bear. In the case of the brown bear, the tiger finds it easy to hunt because the animal tends to hang out in open areas. Finally, it remains somewhat rare. Bears only make up about 5-8% of the feline's annual diet on average. 🐻

When large prey is missing, the Siberian tiger also has its species of small animals to devour, such as salmon or other fish and hares and rabbits.

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How much does the Tiger eat?

The Tiger can swallow between 17 and 50 kg of meat in one go. The record is 60 kg. They can last an average of 4-5 days to over a week before hunting their next victim. In captivity, tigers tend to eat more. πŸ–

How many Teeth does a Tiger have?

tigers teeth

The Tiger has 30 teeth, including two canines of about 7.5 cm. Weapons that can not be more carnivorous and terrifying! And it needs them to finish its victims and tear off the flesh of the latter. Without it, the Tiger could not last long in the wild.

What is the impact of the Tiger on the ecology?

two tigers

The Tiger allows the regulation of herbivore species to avoid overpopulation. Unfortunately, due to many factors such as poaching, deforestation, and pollution, the number of prey decreases year after year, and the territory of the feline. The Tiger itself is directly threatened. 🌏

What does the Tiger eat at the zoo?

Tigers at the zoo, unlike their wild comrades, have the chance to eat every day. This is impossible for a tiger in the wild. They would not have the strength to do so; the fauna would be even more disturbed. The scarcity of prey would not help either.

Anyway, tigers usually eat ground beef. πŸ₯© They also have bones several times a week to work their jaws. Unfortunately, we cannot attest that this menu is applied in all zoos.

Afterward, sometimes scandals break out, such as cases where some zoos are provided with the remains of slaughterhouses. It happened that tigers received pig heads, horses, etc. . There was even a zoo in China that sent a live donkey into the tiger enclosure (video below. Beware the images may be shocking for some people!).

Does the Tiger eat the Leopard?

A fascinating question! We had omitted it in the prey lists previously to tell you about it now. Yes, the Tiger eats leopards! Sometimes! But usually, the Tiger does not eat other cats. Since they covet the same prey, they can come into conflict. More oversized and more robust than the Leopard, the Tiger wins by default. But this situation remains very rare because the Leopard is faster and can easily climb trees. πŸ™€

Yes, you will have understood, the Tiger can eat just about any animal. The scarcity of species can lead him to eat animals that he does not normally eat, as in the Leopard case. However, you now know all the prey of the Tiger. The feeding of the feline has no more secrets for you.



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