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Tiger Behavior

Tigers live solitary lives, except during mating season. The main habitat requirements of the tiger are dense vegetative cover, an adequate supply of prey and water. Tigers are fiercely territorial and have and mark large home ranges. Scent marks and scratch marks allow tigers to track other tigers in the area.

Tigers hunt alone, primarily between dusk and dawn. Their night-time vision is very good, six times greater than humans. The principal prey of the tiger consists of various species of deer and wild pigs, young elephants and rhinos, monkeys, birds, reptiles and fish. Tigers are successful in approximately 5 - 10% of their attacks on prey. They ambush and kill their prey usually with a bite to the neck. Sometimes tigers gather to share a large kill.