Learning about tigers is great fun but it can also be a great deal of work as well. There has been plenty of tiger research conducted about their early evolution, their natural habitat, what they eat, how they mate with each other, raising their young, and even how they do in captivity. All of this has helped us to find out about tigers and even how to help them now that their numbers are drastically low.
Through tiger research we have learned a great deal about how they use their senses. They have an amazing ability to hear much better than humans and even better than domestic cats. This allows them to find prey even where there are thick coverings that can block their vision from being able to see them.
They also have wonderful vision both during the day and at night. Some people assume that tigers have eyes that are sensitive to sunlight which is why they prefer to hunt at night. There is no evidence to support such claims though. During the day their vision is going to be just slightly better than that of a human.
However, during the night their vision is 6 times better than a human’s. This definitely gives them the advantage of being able to sneak up on their prey. Many animals that they consume aren’t able to see well at night so they won’t notice the tiger as easily as they may during the day. It is also known that they are able to see in color.
The whiskers of a tiger are extremely sensitive and they help them to feel sensations of touch. They use them to help with the courting process, to help encourage their offspring, and even to help them find prey.
Tigers are very calm and quiet and then at other times they are fast and ferocious. This is why they are so very fascinating to learn more about. Tiger communication is something that researchers have been observing for a very long time. Since they are so territorial they are going to give off messages that tell other tigers to stay away from the area that they call home.
Males tend to have a much larger territory that they call home than the females. However, what is also interesting is that they have communication skills that are part of survival instincts. For example males have been found to work with other females in order to take down prey. They have even been seen sharing meals with females and her cubs that happen to be in territory that overlaps.
Yet such behaviors aren’t always in place so it is a toss up about which way such scenarios will play out. Tigers are more likely to have positive types of communication in place when they are in captivity. They have learned to adjust to the presence of others around them. The introduction of another tiger into the same area is carefully observed. Two females or a male and a female are the most likely. Two males are going to be too competitive for their own safety.
They communicate to other tigers where their territory is by carefully marketing it. They do this through scent glands found in their bodies. The males are more likely to mark their areas than the females. Many people assume that tigers are always going to be aggressive. However, most of the time two males will go out of their way to simply avoid each other. This is more common than them engaging in fighting. However, that changes when they are vying for the attention of a female that they both would like to mate with.
Many people feel that male tigers are very aggressive too due to the fact that they will find and kill cubs if they can get to them. This is done though because they have a chance to mate with the females again if she doesn’t have any cubs. When she is caring for offspring though she won’t be interested in courting or mating.