July 29 marks a day of appreciation for Panthera tigris -- the biggest cat species, in its various forms across the globe. These powerful, beautiful big cats are capital-M Majestic. But they're in trouble nearly everywhere you look, thanks, as usual, to problems such as habit loss and poaching. We'll note the conservation status of each subspecies as we view them in the slides ahead.
First up, we see above the Bengal tiger. It's found primarily in India, as well as in Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Bhutan. Of all the six remaining tiger subspecies, the most numerous are the Bengal (Panthera tigris tigris).
It can weigh upwards of 500 pounds, and on rare occasions a mutation can cause one of its kind to be a white tiger.
The Bengal tiger is classified as Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) "red list" of threatened species. There are only somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 left.
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