Why Are There No Tigers In Africa?
Why Are There No Tigers In Africa?

Why Are There No Tigers In Africa?

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Posted by Adam Smith on 12th Sep 2017 2 mins

Despite being home to elephants, lions, hippos, and more dominant animals, there have never been any wild tigers in Africa.

It’s surprising to many. As part of the Felidae family of cats, ancestors of tigers originated in Africa. The family includes cheetahs, lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars - some of which do live in the African plains.

However, it is believed that one branch of the family travelled to Asia roughly two million years go, eventually evolving into the striped predators that sit atop the food chain in areas of India, Nepal and elsewhere today.

Although this is the common belief among researchers, no one knows for definite why tigers chose long ago to migrate from their homeland and never return.

J.L. David Smith, a professor at the University of Minnesota's department of fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology, explained: “One can offer a series of speculations about why tigers did not get to Africa, but they are all speculations.”

Wildlife Conservation Society figures show that there are currently around 3,000 tigers left in the wild, and the animals are endangered in Asia as a result of poaching, loss of habitat, and a lack of prey.

Could tigers survive in the wild in Africa?

Since relatives such as leopards and lions live in Africa, many have wondered whether tigers could also live on the continent, but it’s unfortunately impossible to give a conclusive answer.

In September 2003, two captive-born South China tiger cubs were introduced to South Africa by Li Quan, an ex-fashion executive from Beijing, and her husband Stuart Bray, founders of the Save China’s Tigers Foundation.

The two purchased 30,000 hectares of land in South Africa for the breeding project, which aimed to rewild them in the continent before moving them back to China, but it was met with criticism after several of the cubs died.

Due to the vast differences between Asia and Africa’s ecosystems, we may never know whether or not tigers could survive on the continent.

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Claire commented 3 days ago
"no one know for definite" ??
Maybe either "no one definitely knows" or "no one knows definitely".

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Majane Efeturi commented 1 month ago
Is it that the climate conditions in Africa is too hot for tigers to leave on

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Cat Exotica commented 1 month ago
Fascinating read! Explains the absence of tigers in Africa with insightful points. Great for grasping flora and fauna distribution and conservation efforts. Thank you for sharing!

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Chris commented 4 months ago
Tigers can bit?

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Linda Askew commented 4 months ago
Is there a tiger project l can go and help

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Caitlin Coyle commented 10 months ago
how maney lions in afica

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J. Alan S. commented 10 months ago
It is a good thing. There are no tigers there. If there were, we would be sent to kill them for them along with digging their whales building their schools, providing the medicine, giving them food and everything else that we do to allow them to continue life.

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[email protected] commented 1 year ago
The tiger is the most beautiful and magnificent example of the cats. Graceful, strong, powerful and kingly. The lion is king of the African jungle. The tiger is the king in Eurasia!

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Victoria Robersohn
replied 1 year ago
Lions don't actually live in any African jungles.
Pand commented 1 year ago
Are people here (commenting) not aware that there is a large expanse of rain forest and mountain ranges in Africa?

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victor
replied 1 year ago
yes especially Nigeria, but the challenge is poachers
Joyjoy commented 1 year ago
Just simple question , (religion )
Consider there was no dessert ?
If Noahs boat landed in mount Ararat, Wouldn't most of the animal live in the middle east ? It wasn't a dessert
Why are most of the worlds animals found in Africa ?
Did the tiger and bear head north and east ? I think lion ?
I think the boat landed in Abyssinian (Africa today )
A few animal left but the majority stayed in the mother land ,,(Abyssinian)
Why??


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seepheerd
replied 1 year ago
Noah's ark.... still you believe in fairy tale?
Martin Martin
replied 1 year ago
@joyjoy

Dessert or Desert?
Jimmy
replied 1 year ago
The Amazon puts the lie to YOUR claim!
Victoria Robersohn
replied 1 year ago
i would hate to consider there was no desset. i love sweets!
Janie
replied 1 month ago
That is food for thought Joyjoy. I'm sure some of the places in the Bible could be misrepresented in the world today. With it being so long ago, land has changed. Mt. Ararat being in Turkey makes sense. Migration could have caused the animals to scatter much farther away.
Olakitan commented 1 year ago
Ekun.. according to folktales, there were tigers in African rain forests. Although extinct now. So when you describe Africa, don’t limit it to the Sahel and savanna.

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Michael P
replied 7 months ago
Do you suites more than deserts however? Lol
Sara Paul commented 1 year ago
There are no tigers in Africa because they are not native to the continent. Tigers are found in Asia, where they are the largest member of the cat family. They once ranged from the eastern shores of the Mediterranean to the far east of Russia and China, but today their range has been dramatically reduced due to habitat loss and hunting.

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Sabi sands lions commented 1 year ago
There is a place called Tiger Canyon Private game reserve in South Africa where they have tigers. They have introduced tigers there but there is no lions or other predators, there is cheetah but in different areas. Tigers as being solitary cats wont make it in the savanna, there is fierce competition between predators as lions, wild dogs, hyenas which are social preparators and live in groups . So there could be a reason why the migration took part and they never came back to Africa

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Anthony Osazee Sylvester commented 1 year ago
I'm from Nigeria, we have a name for each of the big cats, including tigers in my language. It is funny and very questionable for my language to have a name for tiger if tiger were never existing in Africa. Those animals that were not indigenous to Africa always have borrowed English names for them but that of the tiger and other big cats are different, they have individual indigenous names for them. It is my belief that all the cats were once in Africa.

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Dave commented 1 year ago
Tigers cannot survive in Africa and reason is simple,Lions.
They are similar in structure to the lions but the lions hunt,move in groups,have pride. The leopard is solitary and got safety in the trees while the cheetah have safety in speed leaving the tiger with nothing and at the mercy of the lion and the regular bandits,hyenas.

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BEEWHITE
replied 7 months ago
Hmmm... You're damn right...I love this comment
Khalifa
replied 1 month ago
I think the tiger can’t live in Africa because of the nature of prey to predators relationship. Tigers are solitary animals. They are slow and hurt at close range compare to cheetah. In African is either the predators are fast runner or they live in groups to hurt.
Melanie commented 1 year ago
Its amazing to read this. Some of the folktales in my community passed down generations as all African folktales are... mention an animal quite similar to the tiger. The description is unlike any animal existing currently in the African Savannah.

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Kelechi. commented 1 year ago
It could be there was stiff competition on the African plains coupled with the African climate. When they emigrated to Asia, the competition was less and the environment more conducive. As a result, there was no need to return to African plains.

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Mr Joseph commented 1 year ago
I still find it difficult to believe that tiger don't exist in Africa, because there is a Tale of some particular group of hunters who killed a tiger in my village,

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Alnasir Rajan
replied 1 year ago
Where is your village in Africa?
Shawn Sly commented 1 year ago
I think tigers can't survive in Africa because they're lone hunters lions run in prides and hyenas run in clans its a death sentence for tigers

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keira commented 1 year ago
its realy coollllllllllllllllll

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EMPIRE BEAUTY commented 1 year ago
No tigers in Africa.

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Zawher Hadi commented 1 year ago
I find it hard to believe tigers 'emigrated' to Asia from Africa, never to return. I believe tigers never lived in Africa in the first place. However, I do not doubt their evolutionary path within Asia to result in their current form.

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Minny
replied 1 year ago
They emigrated from Africa, then adapted to their environment. The article mentions this if you read it.
Baba vee
replied 1 year ago
But why does it have a Yoruba name
Baba vee
replied 1 year ago
But why does it have a Yoruba name
Juan commented 1 year ago
Recomiendo la lectura de este post sobre<a href=https://www.eltigre.org/en-africa> los tigres en África </a>. Es realmente bueno para complementar con este artículo.

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Huncho Oriade commented 1 year ago
Interesting

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Joe Umole commented 1 year ago
I really do not understand why there are no Tigers in Africa.

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Jovan Bahizi commented 1 year ago
Thank you for your informative article; it is possible that the Great East African Rift Valley, Continental drift, and the Sahara desert played a role in leaving Africa Tigerless. The Northern part of Africa and Western Asia (Arab Peninsula) is covered by the Sahara, Negev, and the Arabian desert. Tigers with their aquatic and solitary nature could not return successfully to Africa after being carried away on the Asian landmass, and those left behind when Asia moved were eaten by the Africans.

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Sibusiso
replied 1 year ago
Eaten by Africans LMAO.
Victoria Robersohn
replied 1 year ago
What Africans? Do you mean other African animals? There were no African people (hence NO PEOPLE) back then.
harry commented 2 years ago
i love tigers

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Natso commented 2 years ago
Thanks


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TIGER lover from MI
replied 1 year ago
Whst bout Siberian tigers are there only a few left as well ?
Cyril commented 2 years ago
Thanks for the information about tigers that I did not know.

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Tokunboh commented 2 years ago
This is incorrect. There is evidence and at least one documented case of a wild tiger in 1912 in Lagos Nigeria...I have the pictures to prove it.

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el
replied 2 years ago
obviously you cant tell if it is a wild animal or not. of course many tigers have been transferred in Africa for domestic reasons or for entertainment (zoos). did you take a DNA sample to prove it or just a photo?
keira
replied 1 year ago
well thay lyed to you
keira
replied 1 year ago
well thay lyed to you
BEEWHITE
replied 7 months ago
Bro... that's scam...Tigers never existed in Africa...If they kill leopard they'll tell you it's Tiger
Eva
replied 5 months ago
I believe tigers did exist in Africa. Tiger is called "Nkwe" and leopard is called " Lepogo" .
Mr Spud commented 2 years ago
"A tiger...in Africa? Palin

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nitinkumar commented 2 years ago
Love this. Export to African jungles.

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