What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘tiger’?   Leave a comment

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English: White tiger (Panthera tigris) at the Touroparc zoological garden in Romanèche-Thorins (France). Français : Tigre blanc royal (Panthera tigris) au parc zoologique Touroparc de Romanèche-Thorins (France). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





1) What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘tiger’?
2) What do you think of tigers?
3) Can you be a tiger?
4) What three adjectives would you use to describe tigers?
5) Do you think tiger products have all the medicinal properties Chinese medicine says they have?
6) What does a tiger do all day?
7) What is a paper tiger?
8) Do you think tigers make good pets?
9) How does a tiger compare with a lion?
10) Madonna said: “Better to live one year as a tiger, than a hundred as a sheep.” Do you agree?





1) Do you like tigers?
2) What do you know about tigers?
3) What would the world be like without tigers?
4) What do you think of tiger hunters and those who trade in tiger skins?
5) What do you think tigers think of humans?
6) Which is more beautiful – the striped tiger of the white tiger?
7) How are tigers different from the other big cats?
8) What kind of people are those born in the year of the tiger?
9) If ten tigers escaped from your local zoo, would you leave the house?
10) A doctor said: “You handle depression in much the same way you handle a tiger.” Do you agree?


The rare Siberian tiger gets its name from its cold homeland, which is covered in snow for much of the year. Its range is larger than that of any other subspecies, and it frequently embarks on long journeys in search of food.

The Siberian tiger occupies a very large territory. Ranges of more than 4,000 square miles have been recorded. The tiger may occupy the same territory for many years if food sources are stable within the area. If prey is scarce, it often migrates hundred of miles.

Both males and females mark the boundaries of their ranges with urine and by scratching trees. But only the male defends his territory against other males, concentrating on the most important parts, such as a boundary close to a female’s territory or an area rich in food.

The male tiger is solitary, shunning other males. He allows tigers of either sex to pass through his range but is more tolerant of females. The female is sometimes accompanied by her young.

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Tigers mate at any time during the year. A female shows that she is ready to mate by leaving urine deposits and scratch marks on trees. In Siberia, where a tiger’s range is vast, she may go in search of a male.

The female is receptive for only three to seven days. during this time a pair will mate many times, after which the male leaves to mate with another female.


  After a gestation period of three to three and a half months, three or four blind cubs are vorn is a sheltered den. they are nursed by their mother, who rarely leaves them. At about two weeks old their eyes open and their first teeth begin to grow

At three months the cubs start to leave the den, and the mother brings them meat to eat. They continue to take her milk until they are five or six months old. At this stage they may begin to accompany her on hunting trips.


The cubs are less than a year old when they start to hunt for themselves. At two years old they can kill large prey, but they will not leave their mother until they are three to five years old. They then start to look for their own territories and mates.
The Siberian tiger spends a lot of time hunting because only about one in ten of its hunting trips is successful. It preys mainly on deer and wild pig, but it also eats fish.

Creeping to within 30 to 80 feet of its victim, the tiger pounces and grabs the prey by the nape of the neck with its back feet still planted firmly on the ground.

This name bite kills small prey, but larger prey is brought to the ground before being killed by a suffocating bite to the throat. If the tiger misses its prey on the pounce, it may chase if for up to 650 feet but rarely catches it.

When it does kill its prey, the tiger drags it to cover, usually near water. It then eats its fill, covers up the remains, and goes to sleep. Later it eats the rest of the carcass.

The Siberian tiger’s winter coat lacks the red stripes of tigers from warmer climates, but its white coat helps camouflage it in its snowy habitat.

Because it has to withstand temperatures as low as 50** F, the Siberian tiger grows a longer and thicker coat than other tigers. It also develops a layer of fat on its flanks and belly that helps to insulate it.




             Length: Male, 9-12 feet head to tip of tail. Female smaller.


             Height: About 3 1/2 feet at shoulder.


             Weight: 400-650 lb.



Posted November 6, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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