The Royal Bengal tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh. They are the most mesmerizing wild animal in the world. Bangladesh‘s national animal, Royal Bengal tiger is the symbol of bravery and sharp intelligence. They are also representing the power as they are indeed very strong. As they are such a powerful, intelligent and majestic animal, Royal Bengal tiger is considered as the national animal of Bangladesh.
Royal Bengal tigers live in forests of the Sundarbans and the Chittagong Hill Tracts. As of 2015, there are around 106 tigers remain in Bangladesh territory of the Sundarbans (Forest Department, 2015). The Royal Bengal tiger is not only the national animal symbol of Bangladesh but also the identity of Bangladesh.
Facts about Bangladesh’s national animal
- Common Name: Bengal Tiger or Royal Bengal Tiger
- Trinomen: Panthera tigris tigris
- Adopted in: 1972
- Found in: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka
- Habitat: Grasslands, forests, mangrove vegetation
- Main Prey: Deer, Cattle, Wild Boar
- Average Length: Male – upto 3m; Female – upto 2.6m
- Average Weight: Male – 220 Kg and Female – 140 Kg
- Average Lifespan: 8-10 years in wild
- Average Speed: 60 km/h
- Conservation Status: Endangered (IUCN Red List)
- Current number: 2500 in 2016
- Lives in: Sundarbans and Chittagong Hill Tracts
The Royal Bengal Tigers are very unique among any other tiger subspecies. They are rich colored well-striped animal with a short coat. A matured Bengal tiger can consume approximately 40 kg or 88 lb. of meat at a time. Bengal tigers are avid hunters of both small and large mammals, preferring to eat buffalo, deer, and pigs. Bengal tiger is stronger than a lion, as they have a higher muscle density of 72.6% (lion’s 58.8%) (Quora, 2016) and also keep themselves very active by hunting difficult prey all alone, walking great distances and swimming miles and miles.
In short, Royal Bengal tiger is the most powerful, intelligent and majestic animal in Bangladesh to be one of the National Symbol of Bangladesh.