Tiger Hunter

Tiger Hunter

Introducing the Tiger Hunter :

The Hunter Tiger, cheetah, or cheetah (scientific name: Acinonyx jubatus), is the fastest animal on the planet that can cover vast distances, this species of animal lives in the wilds, characterized by its appearance and dotted shape, and the males of the Hunter Tiger are often more significant than the females.

The Hunter Tiger belongs to the animal kingdom, the family of chordates; (animals that have a dorsal cord during the embryonic stage), the class of mammals, as for its order in the food chain, it is carnivorous, and it’s family felines.

The Hunter Tiger is the only species among the felines that cannot fully spread its claws, as it lives in small groups or individually and is considered a heterotrophic organism as it depends on hunting for food.

The Hunter tiger was bred in ancient times by the Egyptians, Indians, and European rulers, and is currently one of the animals threatened with extinction and death as a result of urban expansion over the environment and lands that form the basic background for its existence and reproduction.

Types of Tiger-Hunter :

Currently, there are 4 globally recognized subspecies of the Hunter Tiger, namely: the Asian leopard, the northwest African cheetah, the Northeast African cheetah, and the South African cheetah. this animal lives in open areas with a sufficient number of prey and can be found in savannahs, mountainous terrain, and dense woodlands.

The original habitat of the Hunter Tiger is the eastern and southern regions of Africa, and there are some numbers in Asia, specifically in Iran, Turkmenistan, and Afghanistan.
Here is a detail about the types of hunting tigers :

Asian hunter Tiger ( Asiatic cheetah ) :

This species was once widespread in India, Pakistan, Russia, Iran, and the Middle East, but now it does not exist due to poaching, the deterioration of its incubation environment, and the lack of prey that is its main food source.

This species is characterized by its small head compared to other leopards, in addition to the dense body cover, and its short legs, and the number of Asian hunting tigers currently ranges from 70-110 in the Central Asian plateau (in Iran).

Tiger Hunter of the North-West African region :

The North-West African cheetah or desert Cheetah is found in desert environments in Algeria, Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso, northern Mali, and western Libya, and this species is threatened to lose its habitat in which it exists and breeds, and there are fewer than 250 adult hunting Cheetahs in northwest Africa.

The fur of this species is characterized as white in color, there are few black spots on its face, and sometimes there may be none, and its body is free of black and brown spots and stripes, but its body shape is similar to other species of the same species, but its size is slightly smaller.

Tiger Hunter northeast Africa region :

The Northeast African hunter tiger or Sudan Cheetah, found in its native Sudan and Ethiopia, [٧] and extending as far as Lake Chad, is currently known as the Somali cheetah or the Central African cheetah.

The Hunter Tiger of the Northeast African region feeds mainly on small antelopes, rabbits, and birds, its size is 121-145 cm, weighs 45-55 kg, and its average lifespan is 15-20 years.

Tiger Hunter of the southeast African region :

The South African cheetah, or Namibian Cheetah, is the most abundant and abundant species of cheetah, with an estimated population of more than 6,000 in the wild, and Namibia has about 3,500 of them.

The size of the southeast African hunter Tiger reaches 200 cm in males and 162 to 213 in females, and its length at puberty is approximately 90 cm. males are often taller than females and have larger heads with wider incisors and a longer lower jaw than females.

Tiger Hunter qualities :

The Hunter Tiger has a number of physical and behavioral qualities that distinguish it from other animals, the most important of these qualities are the following:

Tiger Hunter’s morphological qualities :

The external shape of the Hunter Tiger is characterized by a number of characteristics that enable it to cover certain distances at a very high speed, and the following are its most prominent formal qualities:

  • The body cover has several black spots and stripes, and on the face, these lines extend from the eyes to the mouth (teardrop-shaped).
  • The Hunter Cheetah’s heads are round and small, it has a long neck and a deep chest.
  • Its claws cannot be fully extended and retracted, as is the case with the rest of the feline family (felines).
  • The legs of the Hunter Tiger are long, with strong muscles, and slender.
  • The legs have back cushions that help to increase the thrust.
  • The weight of an adult Hunter Tiger varies between 49.8 – 63.5 kg, which makes it unable to run long distances.

Tiger-Hunter behavioral qualities :

Each species of animal has a behavioral pattern that distinguishes it from other animals, and the Hunter Tiger has behaviors that distinguish it from others, the most important of which are:

  • The Hunter Tiger exists alone or in groups (alliances), most often this alliance consists of two to three males, defending their territory against other alliances, and these groups persist throughout life.
  • Males leave the groups they belong to at mating times, for only a few days, as they return to their land again.
  • Hunting tigers communicate with each other in the event that one of them breaks away from her and efforts are made to bring him back to the alliance.
  • Females travel great distances during the mating period, unlike males who mate within the perimeter of their territory.
  • The non-adult (adolescent) Hunter Tiger stays for short periods in the areas it traverses and those periods do not exceed days, it is constantly on the move and nomadic.

The speed of the Tiger Hunter :

For the Tiger Hunter, speed is the tool through which he keeps his life from death, as he uses his motor abilities and speeds to obtain his strength and food (obtaining prey).

The Hunter Tiger is one of the fastest animals on the planet, but what should be noted is that it is not able to maintain its maximum speed for long periods, but the Hunter Tiger can transfer its speed from 0 to 96.5 km in just 3 seconds.

Tiger Hunter’s food :

The Hunter Tiger is a carnivorous, heterotrophic animal, which depends in its diet on medium-sized antelopes, deer, Impala, wildebeests, rabbits, and pigs that may form reliable prey in the food processor.

Hunting tigers rely on fresh meat that they hunt, and rarely rely on carrion, and in general Thompson’s deer is the favorite food of this animal, and rivers and running water sources in nature are the sources get water, as the hunting Tiger needs to drink water about once every 3 days, as it depends on liquids obtained indirectly from the bodies of prey.

Reproduction of the Hunter Tiger :

The cheetah or Hunter Tiger reproduces sexually, as cheetahs are sexually mature and mature by their second year, and some may be sexually mature when they are one and a half years old, and reproduction occurs throughout the year.

Females enter the estrus or heat cycle for 12 days, and during this period the female May mate with more than one male, the females urinate on the trees as a sign to the male that she is in the area, and the male wishes to mate releases screams that the female meets with screams from her side as a sign of consent to marriage.

Female and male hunting tigers stay together for a few days and during this period mating may take place several times a day (3-5 times), it should be noted that the mating process and communication between the male and the female in the event of a meeting is no more than one minute.

In the event of pregnancy, the female gives birth after 92-95 days by giving birth and gives birth to 3 or 5 Cubs, and the Cubs are unable to move, walk and Blind up to 10 days from the time of birth, and after the age of 3 weeks her teeth begin to grow, and the death rate of Cubs in the first six weeks is very high up to 90% for various reasons, the most important of which is exposure to predation by carnivorous animals.

The life cycle of a hunter Tiger :

The average lifespan of these animals in the Wild is 10-12 years, and the average lifespan may deviate up to 8 years, as a result of the risk factors that threaten them resulting from conflicts and conflicts.

The life cycle of a hunter Tiger involves 3 stages, namely:

The cub :

It extends from the age of (0-18 months), [١٨] and during that period the Cubs stay close to the mother and father, do not do any activity and feed through the mother with lactation, and by the age of 6 weeks, the Cubs begin to eat meat.

The teenage period :

It extends from the age of (18-24 months), and at that stage, the mother leaves the Cubs if they reach adolescence and are weaned, and the goal of separating the mother from the teenagers at this stage is to help them hunt and self-reliance, and the teenagers stay together at this stage and form an alliance until they reach adulthood.

Adult tiger :

It extends from the age of 24 months and beyond until death, in adulthood, Tigers become capable of transmission, sexual communication, and reproduction, and solitary life begins to form in brothers, especially females, and males together form alliances away from females, and they may be brothers or strange males in this alliance.