The Tiger (Panthera tigris) is a member of the Felidae family. Native to much of eastern and southern Asia, the tiger is an apex predator and an obligate carnivore. Reaching up to 3.3 metres in total length and weighing up to 300 kilograms, the larger tiger subspecies are comparable in size to the biggest extinct felid.
Mating can occur all year round, but is generally more common between November and April. The gestation period is 16 weeks. The litter size usually consists of around 3–4 cubs of about 1 kilogram each, which are born blind and helpless. The females rear them alone, sheltering them in dens such as thickets and rocky crevices.There is generally a dominant cub in each litter, which tends to be male but may be of either sex. This cub generally dominates its siblings during play and tends to be more active, leaving its mother earlier than usual. At 8 weeks, the cubs are ready to follow their mother out of the den, although they don't travel with her as she roams her territory until they are older. The cubs become independent around 18 months of age and leave their mother with about 2 years.
Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger - 15.04.2010
The coat shows a very successful combination of coloured zones with white and thereto fitting black stripes.