|The Tiger (Panthera
tigris) is solitary animal. Their main foods include sambar and
chital deer in India . The tiger population is in decline, so
many natural reserves have been set up to protect its habitats.
Tigers in the Indonesian area, and Sumatra live in jungles. Siberian
tigers are found in Russia and live in a more woodland like terrain.
Bengal tigers live in habitat that is grassy but also has its thick
vegetation. The tiger in being has so widely distributed has evolved
into many subspecies.
|The Leopard (Panthera
pardus) is a cat found not only in Asia but throughout Africa as
well. The one pictured here is a rare Chinese subspecies. Leopards
are solitary tree climbing cats. To keep their kills from other
animals they drag them into the trees. Leopards as a species
are very wide spread, in fact they have one of the widest distributions of
all the cat family. Having a wide distribution forces a animal to be
versatile. Leopards in Asia are found competing with tigers and African
individuals with cheetahs and African lions.
is mainly a African cat but one subspecies is found in Asia. The lion at
the right is a representative of this subspecies. This rare subspecies,
native to India is as social as its African relatives, living in family
groups know as prides. They typically contain less males than females. The
lions in Asia are confined to a small area called the Gir forest. People
are also inhabitants of this space. Lion human encounters are quite
frequent in this confining nature reserve. And conflict is inevitable.