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Bengals: The Last Tiger Kings

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WORLD TIGER DAY is on July 29 — a day to celebrate some of the world's most fascinating big cats and raise awareness about their urgent need for conservation.

At one point in time, the world had nine subspecies of tigers. But today, there are only six. While most continental tigers are genetically one species, they have important territorial and behavioral differences. Today, let’s look more closely at one of the most iconic of them all — the Bengal tiger.

Bengal tigers, sometimes called Indian tigers, inhabit the forests of India. About half of all tigers in the wild are Bengals — but while they may be the most common amongst tigers, this subspecies is endangered and their population is declining. Today, there are only about 2,500 Bengal tigers in the wild compared to the 100,000 a hundred years ago.

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