Are there any wild tigers in Mexico or South America?
If there are wild tigers in these areas how did they get there b/c they are not indigenous to the ecosystem.
- Anonymous1 decade agoBest Answer
The tiger population is strictly confined within the boundaries of East Asia, including the eastern parts of Siberia, North Korea, China, India, Bangladesh, etc. They do not live anywhere else in the wild, however, you can still see them in zoos, or in captive centers throughout the world. The jaguar is one large cat that inhabits the area you mentioned and is closely related to the tiger, but about half the size. The cougar, a.k.a. mountain lion, or puma, panther, etc. is another cat that inhabits the Americas.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The tiger is Asian, but the jaguar was referred to as a tiger by the Spanish when they arrived in the 15th century. This name is still used by some people, among many other names.Source(s): The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico. Bernal Díaz del Castillo. 1970. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, New York. (p213)
- deejayspopLv 61 decade ago
The only big cats you will find in South America and Mexico are Jaguars,
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- lde10475Lv 51 decade ago
Tigers are not native to the Americas.
- 1 decade ago
tiger came from the south west.
- gryfdaddyLv 51 decade ago
No, but the Spanish name for the jaguar is "el tigre". Maybe that's what you are thinking of.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
No! All tigers are in Asia.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
You almost answered your own question, obviously someone had to bring them there and let them loose if in fact there are any there.
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Interesting Question, this is going to be fun - The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the Siberian tiger and the lion, being on average the largest and most powerful feline in the Western Hemisphere. The Siberian tiger is the largest cat, but the average African lion can get bigger than a simple Bengal. Just because it is the largest, it is not the most heavily built, does not have the strongest bite (let's study the anatomy of the jaw structure) and is not the most powerful. We can even compare the largest in which the animals have taken down for prey, with a single tiger having been documented taking down a 600 pound water buffalo on record, lions have documented taking down elephants but only in prides, tigers single handedly taking down elephant calves around the 600 pound ratio. The largest kill documented for a jaguar was a domestic bull in Mexico weighing over 1000 pounds. Furthermore, I have many text books on the big cats. Two seperate books will say two seperate things, with one saying the tiger is the strongest, and another saying the jaguar. I decided to go by which books were closest to modern research/publishes earliest and it says jaguar. So if you love tigers or jaguars, let's not make this personal, tigers are strong and deffinately more man killing, but new research points to the jaguar being strongest. So pound for pound the Jaguar is stronger in strength and has a stronger bite pound for pound, but since the Bengal Tiger is larger it has a more powerful bite. Bengal Tiger The Bengal tiger is mostly indigenous to India but has some ranges in Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Myanmar. There are approximately 3,159–4,715 wild tigers, with about 333 in captivity, primarily in zoos in India. The “simple” Bengal Tiger averages 2.9 meters (9 1/2 feet) from head to tail and weigh about 220 kilograms (480 pounds) and 2.5 meters (8 feet) in length and weighing approximately 140 kilograms (300 pounds) for males and females respectively. The Bengal tiger can reach up to 258 kilograms (569 pounds) and 160 kilograms (353 pounds) for males and females respectively. Their range size is estimated at 10-39 km² (3.9–15 mile²) for females and 30-105 km² (11.7–40.5 mile²) for males. Bengal tigers like all tigers and most cats are solitary. Bengal tigers prey primarily on wild deer and wild cattle. All prey are forest or grassland ungulates that range in size from 65 to 2,000 pounds (30-900 kg). Typically, wild tigers gorge themselves on fresh kills, and can eat as much as 40 pounds (18 kg) of meat at one time. The Tiger has been known and recorded to kill adult Gaur also known as “Indian Bison.” Tigers have a preference for gaur and chital. JAGUAR The jaguar is the largest and most powerful feline in the Americas and the third largest and third most powerful cat worldwide. The Jaguar is commonly found in rain forests, savannahs, and swamps, but at the northern end of its territory it may enter scrub country and even deserts. The Jaguar still has a stronghold in the Amazon basin, but has been nearly wiped out of all drier regions. Wherever it is found, it requires fresh water as the Jaguar is an excellent swimmer. Adult male and female jaguars may weigh between 56.25 and 95.71 kg (124 - 211 lb), but larger individuals weighing 130.63 and 151.05 kg (288 - 333 lb). have been recorded by scientists. Their length varies from 1.62 to 1.83 m (5.3 - 6 ft), excluding their 76.2 cm (30 in) tail. Females are typically 10 to 20 % smaller than males. The large jaguars would most assuredly be more powerful than Sumatran and South china tigers. Average size jaguars would also be able to hold their own against a Sumatran. Jaguars average or large are still much smaller than even an average African Lion, Bengal or Siberian tiger. Pound for pound the jaguar is the most powerful cat. What this means is that relative to size if all cats were the same weight the jaguar would clearly be the most powerful. To further illustrate the point, I’m being a little redundant here but I most make sure I am clear,if a Siberian tiger and jaguar both weighed a total of 150 pounds the jaguar would be more powerful. However because of the large discrepancy between the jaguar’s size and the lion and tiger’s, it is not as powerful as its African and Asian cousins. The jaguar, relative to size, is the most heavily built of the cats earning it the reputation of “bulldog” of the cat world. It has a broad deep chest, short powerful limbs, and a most impressive set of jaws. Unlike the lion and tiger the jaguar has very little competition in the form of predators. Jaguars typically hunt peccary, caiman, tapir, deer, and larger rodents such as Capybara, Paca and Agouti, to reptiles, monkeys and fish. The favorite prey of Jaguars is peccary, which full grown weigh 20 to 40 kilograms (44 to 88) pounds. Jaguars that live near cattle ranches have been known to attack cattle and horses. Jaguars are typically more energetic than there larger cousins and are active 50-60% during a 24 hour period. They have phenomenally strong jaws and kill prey with a single bite to the skull. This allows the jaguar to make meals out of armadillo and young caiman. But let us make sure to separate fact from fiction, the jaguar is a most impressive feline but in terms of sheer power, the lion and tiger are more capable of taking down the largest of prey animals. Pound for pound the jaguar is the most powerful but this in now way means that is the most powerful of all the cats, it means that all things equal if all cats were the same weight the jaguar would prevail as the most powerful. In terms of hunting skills I believe that the jaguar has a higher efficiency than the lion or tiger. The jaguar’s success rate is around 30-40% whereas the lion is around 20-30% and the tiger is around 5-10%. The most effective of all felines is the puma with an astonishing success rate of 85%. The jaguar also has a wider prey base than lions or tigers. Take all of this in account and it still doesn’t mean the jaguar is the most powerful, the lion, Siberian, and “simple” Bengal tiger are so much larger and more powerful and thus capable of killing larger prey than the jaguar.] 300 pound Jaguar Vs. 340 pound Bengal Tiger= Jaguar Wins. 300 pound Jaguar Vs. 480-510 pound Bengal Tiger- Probably the Tiger.