International Tiger Day has been held on the 29th of July every year since 2010 when it was first created at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. This was done to raise awareness of the decline of wild tiger numbers, leaving them on the brink of extinction and to encourage the celebration of the important work of Tiger conservation.

Take a quiz to test your understanding of tigers and their conservation.

The winner will get a one-year subscription to the digital edition of Sanctuary Asia Magazine.

A certificate also will be provided to all who score above the cut-off


Pramod CL – Anchal

2nd Position

Sayak Dutta – Dehradun

3nd Position

Priyanka Ahir – Bhopal

Aryan Choudhary – Jabalpur

Sumit Joshi – Uttarakhand



Quiz questions and answers

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  1. How many extant subspecies of tigers are there in the wild(31.09% right answers)
    1. 5
    2. 4
    3. 2
    4. 8
  2. Which of the following tiger populations are extinct(10.58% right answers)
    1. Sumatran tiger
    2. Javan tiger
    3. Indochinese tiger
    4. South china tiger
  3. Major cause for declining the number of tigers(51.28% right answers)
    1. Habitat loss
    2. Poaching
    3. Persecution
    4. All of the above
  4. The Bengal tiger in India faces a constant threat of poaching and is thus protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Under which Schedule is it protected?(73.08% right answers)
    1. I
    2. II
    3. III
    4. IV
  5. How many countries have adopted the tiger as their national animal?(54.81% right answers)
    1. 6
    2. 5
    3. 4
    4. 3
  6. Tigers have a special organ to taste the air, in order to detect the scent left by other tigers. What is this organ called?(54.49% right answers)
    1. Jacobson’s organ
    2. Bakey’s organ
    3. Dermal sensory receptors
    4. Nolan’s organ
  7. In which protected area has the tiger adapted to living in a mangrove ecosystem?(78.53% right answers)
    1. Achanakmar Tiger Reserve
    2. Sundarbans National Park
    3. Corbett National Park
    4. Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve
  8. What a group of tigers referred to as?(51.28% right answers)
    1. An ambush of tigers
    2. A growl of tigers
    3. A herd of tigers
    4. A pack of tigers
  9. Which among these are the largest tigers?(56.09% right answers)
    1. Sumatran
    2. Siberian
    3. Bengal
    4. Malayan
  10. In which state Jim corbette tiger reserve is located?(69.55% right answers)
    1. Uttarakhand
    2. Rajasthan
    3. Uttar Pradesh
    4. Madhya Pradesh
  11. Which is the smallest tiger in the world?(49.04% right answers)
    1. Bali Tiger
    2. Siberian Tiger
    3. Caspian Tiger
    4. Sumatran tiger
  12. Project Tiger launched in which year(59.94% right answers)
    1. 1973
    2. 1972
    3. 2006
    4. 1989
  13. Gestation period of the tiger about?(50.32% right answers)
    1. 100 days
    2. 80 days
    3. 180 days
    4. 220 days
  14. Method used for recent tiger surveys(53.14% right answers)
    1. Scat analysis
    2. Camera trapping
    3. Visual encounter
    4. Pug mark counting
  15. How long do Tigers in the wild live for?(16.35% right answers)
    1. Around 20 years
    2. Around 15 years
    3. Around 10 years
    4. Around 32 years
  16. Why do tigers leave scratch marks on the tree?(29.81% right answers)
    1. Territory marking
    2. To strengthen their muscles
    3. To sharpen claws
    4. All of the above
  17. Amrabad Tiger reserve is located in which state?(54.49% right answers)
    1. Jharkhand
    2. Telangana
    3. West Bengal
    4. Odisha
  18. Orang Tiger Reserve is located in which state?(60.90% right answers)
    1. Meghalaya
    2. Mizoram
    3. Assam
    4. Arunachal Pradesh
  19. Which sense of tiger is most highly developed?(45.83% right answers)
    1. Taste
    2. Hearing
    3. Smell
    4. Sight
  20. Which is the family of the tiger?(60.58% right answers)
    1. Chicldae
    2. Canidae
    3. Felidae
    4. Mustelidae
  21. Which part of its body is used by the tiger for cleaning?(84.29% right answers)
    1. Tail
    2. Nose
    3. Tongue
    4. Toes
  22. Which tigers have the fewest stripes(49.68% right answers)
    1. South China
    2. Bengal
    3. Sumatran
    4. Siberian
  23. The main use of rough tongues of tigers?(52.56% right answers)
    1. To clean their thick fur
    2. To peel away the skin of their prey and rasp flesh from bone
    3. To help create a particular growl
    4. To groom their young
  24. Tigers live in the wild only in:(42.31% right answers)
    1. Asia and Africa
    2. Africa
    3. Europe and Asia
    4. Asia
  25. A tiger’s stripes are:(60.58% right answers)
    1. Identical to others of its species
    2. Identical only within family units
    3. Unique, like human fingerprints
    4. The same in all individuals
  26. How do Bengal tigers react to water?(62.82% right answers)
    1. They fear it and avoid it.
    2. They approach bodies of water only to drink.
    3. They cannot swim, but will cross shallow water.
    4. They are strong swimmers and sometimes hunt in water for fish.
  27. What biome does the Siberian Tiger live in?(44.55% right answers)
    1. Tundra
    2. Desert
    3. Grassland
    4. Tropical Rainforest
  28. Which country has the most tigers in it?(76.92% right answers)
    1. China
    2. India
    3. Russia
    4. Indonesia
  29. Tigers are(84.62% right answers)
    1. Solitary hunters
    2. Cooperative hunters
  30. Tigers are known to exhibit some amazing traits that make it very different from its cousins like the lion, puma and other big cats. Which of the following is true?(18.91% right answers)
    1. Tigers can imitate the call of other animals
    2. Tigers are known to roar before they attack
    3. Tigers mate all through the year
    4. Tigers squabble over their kill, often leading to fights
  31. Which tiger population is relatively stable?(59.62% right answers)
    1. Bangal
    2. Sumatran
    3. Caspian
    4. Siberian
  32. Tigers are most related to(22.12% right answers)
    1. Snow leopards
    2. Lions
    3. Jaguars
    4. Leopards
  33. Which of the following is not a tiger reserve(33.33% right answers)
    1. Palamu
    2. Kamlang
    3. Satkosia
    4. Khawnglung
  34. Where are the highest no. of tigers found in India?(55.45% right answers)
    1. Uttarakhand
    2. Maharashtra
    3. Madhya pradesh
    4. Tamil nadu
  35. Consider the following statement (s) related to the objective of Project Tiger
    1. To ensure a viable population of tiger in India for scientific, economic, aesthetic, cultural and ecological values
    2. To preserve for all time, areas of biological importance as a natural heritage for the benefit, education and enjoyment of the people.(58.33% right answers)
    1. Only i
    2. Only ii
    3. Both i & ii
    4. Neither i nor ii
  36. Which tiger subspecies is considered to have become extinct in the 1950s?(37.82% right answers)
    1. The Siberian tiger
    2. The Sumatran tiger
    3. The Caspian tiger
    4. The Indochinese tiger
  37. What is the estimated tiger population in the wild?(40.38% right answers)
    1. 2200
    2. 3900
    3. 5500
    4. 9800
  38. Why is conserving tigers important?(69.55% right answers)
    1. They are top predators
    2. They control herbivore populations
    3. With tigers the forests are protected
    4. All of the above
  39. How far tigers can leap(23.72% right answers)
    1. 5m
    2. 10m
    3. 1m
    4. 15m
  40. What do Tigers do with their prey after successfully catching it?(40.38% right answers)
    1. Bury it
    2. Eat it at the kill site
    3. Drag it into cover
    4. Break it into chunks
  41. How much tiger weigh up to(43.91% right answers)
    1. 100kg
    2. 300kg
    3. 500kg
    4. 1000kg
  42. Hybrid offspring of male lion and female tiger is called(51.28% right answers)
    1. Tigon
    2. Liger
    3. Liontiger
    4. Hybrids are not possible
  43. Which tiger is most endangered(16.67% right answers)
    1. South china tiger
    2. Indochinese tiger
    3. Malayan tiger
    4. Siberian tiger
  44. Which year wildlife protection act was implemented in India(61.22% right answers)
    1. 1972
    2. 1983
    3. 1973
    4. 1988
  45. What does tiger urine smell like(41.67% right answers)
    1. Cheese
    2. Buttered popcorn
    3. Old meat
    4. Flowers