One of the largest types of tiger, the Bengal tiger inhabits the grasslands, temperate forests and mangrove forests of India, China, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Bhutan. Despite their small population size, Bengal tigers are believed to be the most numerous tiger subspecies.
Sadly, Bengal tiger numbers have dropped dramatically over thelast century. They are currently classified as an endangeredspecies by the IUCN, and suffer dramatically from habitat loss andhigh levels of illegal poaching. Although there are a multitude ofsanctuaries and preserves established around the world, as well asa litany of regulations designed to protect Bengal tigers, theirnumbers have not yet been able to rebound.