Beauty more than fur deep…

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You’re probably familiar with the characteristic spots on cheetahs, and stripes on tigers, but not many people have had the chance to look at them closely. These two species both have what we call “true” markings, where their spots or stripes go all the way down to the skin! This means that it is not just the fur that has these bold patterns, its their skin as well.

Riya the Sumatran tiger

Riya the Sumatran tiger

These patterns help them to camouflage and hide in their surroundings, helping them to sneak up on their prey unseen.


While they may seem pretty conspicuous up close, when they are in amongst grass or bushes in dappled sunlight they are extremely difficult to spot.

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