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Malayan tiger


(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.
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Species: tigris