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Facts: Tigers on the Strip

One of the tigers who lives on Karl Mitchell's land at Big Cat Encounters.  It costs approximately $10,000 a year to keep a single tiger in captivity.

One of the tigers who lives on Karl Mitchell's land at Big Cat Encounters. It costs approximately $10,000 a year to keep a single tiger in captivity. (View larger version)

Photograph by Bienstock Young Media/ Patrick Bond

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  • Since 2000, there have been over 100 privately owned big cats that have escaped or been found released from their enclosures in the USA.

  • Tigers can mate throughout the year, it is most common between November and April.

  • A tiger is the largest living cat.

  • Tigers are naturally found in the wild in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Russia.

  • A wild tiger can eat 60 pounds of meat in one night.

  • Tigers and lions are becoming endangered due to lack of territory and poaching.

  • Tigers can climb trees.

  • There are six recognized subspecies of tiger, although one of them, the South China Tiger, hasn't been observed in the wild for over 30 years.

  • According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, there are nine subspecies of leopards.

  • Brown bears and polar bears have been known to mate in the wild creating natural hybrid bears. The two species are closely related.

  • Grizzly bear claws can grow up to 4 inches long while black bear claws will grow to about 2 inches.

  • A group of bears is sometimes called a sloth of bears.
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