Tigers are mammals and are often referred to as 'big cats' since they are a form of felines. The majority of tigers live in forests or green areas, using their striped fur as a camouflage during hunting. They are predatory carnivores and usually eat herbivores including a variety of deer such as red deer, barking deer, ruse deer and swamp deer. In addition, they like to feed on chital, sambar, elk, wild pigs and buffalo. Tigers will always hunt alone rather than in packs like lions.
One particular type of tiger that inhabits the forests and grasslands of China, India, Bangladesh and Nepal is the Bengal Tiger. They are seen as the national animal of India as the majority of them reside there, however, they are in danger because a number of Chinese medicines require parts from tigers in their formula. This means that the Bengal Tiger is generally subject to poaching. Furthermore, a tiger that may face extinction in the future is the North China, or Siberian Tiger, originally widespread throughout Asia, Russia and even parts of North America, is now confined to a protected area of Siberia.