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Feared and revered, the tiger has spellbound humankind across millennia, weaving into the mythology, philosophy and shrines of cultures far and wide. Tigers once prowled as far west as Turkey, as south as Bali, and as far north and east as Russia. The tiger was depicted in Neolithic art, impressed in the seals of the Indus Valley civilization and Chola dynasty, and is the national animal of India, Bangladesh, Malaysia and South Korea. 

As the largest living cat species remaining, the tiger has maintained its status as an enigmatic cultural icon. However, being a charismatic megafauna is a double-edged sword; the symbolic value and popularity of wild tigers create support for environmentalist goals, whilst their power and rarity continue to attract poachers.

Scientific Name: Panthera tigris
Local Name (Dialect): बाघ / Baagh (Hindi)
Location: Bangladesh; Bhutan; China; India; Indonesia; Malaysia; Myanmar; Nepal; Russia; Thailand