Tigers can grow to six feet long and up to 720 pounds.
Tigers in zoos live twice as long as those who live in the wild, where their lifespan is about 10 years.
A tiger, which can typically eat 9.6 pounds of raw meat a day (plus some bones), costs about $5,950 to feed per year.
There are between 5,000 and 10,000 tigers in the United States, and they’re not all in zoos. Some (very wealthy) people treat tigers as luxury accessories. The Observer found that tigers for sale in the United States can be had for $800 to $2,000, but the cost of owning a big cat — provided you’re doing it right — is much more.
At a zoo, food and general care for a large cat cost about $18,000, while habitat construction costs about $200,000, not including a $50,000 pool or $50,000 holding area.