(Panthera tigris corbetti)
Malayan tigers, whose scientific name is after the famed hunter Jim
Corbett, are smaller than the Bengal, though their color is darker. This
tiger has short stripes, which turn into spots. A male Malayan tiger
can weight up to 430 pounds while the smaller female usually has a
maximum weight of about 290 pounds.
Malayan tigers live in remote forests in the hilly to mountainous
terrain of Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, and much of Indo-China. Their diet
consists of wild boar, deer, pigs, porcupines, birds, fruit, and
sometimes a young elephant or rhino.
Knoxville Zoo is also home to two male Malayan tiger brothers. There are currently less than 40 in US zoos.