Sounds & Calls
Female Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)
The Tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest of the cat family and easily recognized by its orange fur and distinctive black stripes. Historically tigers were found throughout much of Asia, but due to hunting, poaching and habitat destruction it is thought tigers have lost an estimated 95% of their former range. Today tigers are found in fragmented populations across the Indian subcontinent, South-east Asia, Indochina, Sumatra and the Russian Far East. This species is currently considered ‘endangered’ by the IUCN.
Tigers make a range of sounds including growling, roaring, moaning and chuffing (prusten). Like other big cats, tigers roar to advertise their territory and to attract a mate. Depending on the terrain, tiger roars can be heard from several kilometres away.
Listen to Tiger Sounds
This sample in the video below was recorded in a forest in Nepal and features the typical deep, far-carrying roars of a Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) at night.
Indochinese Tiger – Typical roars at night
T07SFP This sample features typical roars of an Indochinese Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) at night. Recorded in Huai Kha Kaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand.
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Other Mammal Sounds
Other mammal sounds from Asia: