This magnificent animal is among the most recognisable and popular of the world, displaying a muscular body with strong forelimbs, a large head and a tail that is about half the length of its body.
First scientifically described in 1758, the tiger is the largest living cat species and is most recognisable for its dark vertical stripes on orange fur with a white underside. Its colouration varies between shades of orange with a white underside and distinctive vertical black stripes; the patterns of which are unique in each individual. It has a mane-like heavy growth of fur around the neck and jaws and long whiskers, especially in males. The pupils are circular with yellow irises. The small, rounded ears have a prominent white spot on the back, surrounded by black.
The tiger is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. As of 2015, the global wild tiger population was estimated to number between 3,062 and 3,948 mature individuals. India currently hosts the largest tiger population.
This animal’s sheer size is jaw dropping. The tiger is a stunning animal that somehow manages to appear fearsome and cuddly all at the same time. That being said, working with a tiger in a film setting should not be taken lightly whatsoever!
Males vary in total length from 250-390cm and weigh between 90-300kg while females are slightly smaller. Females vary in total length from 200-275cm and weigh between 65-167kg.
The tiger is the ultimate big cat; strength, power and awe-inspiring beauty are descriptions that come to mind when thinking of this glorious animal. Is there a better animal to centre your brand around?
The tiger has featured prominently in the ancient mythology and folklore of cultures throughout its history and continues to be depicted in modern films and literature.
However, you may have some misgivings… In the last few years the world witnessed some abhorrent practices with tiger keeping (we’re looking at you, Tiger King) and we can assure you that the tigers we work with are respected and well treated in captivity. These are beautiful beings that are truly cherished and loved.
Tigers appear on many flags, coats of arms and as mascots for sporting teams. The tiger also features as the national animal of India, Bangladesh, Malaysia and South Korea. International films and TV programmes may benefit from the inclusion of tigers in their production.
We supply professional animal location handlers around the world to ensure you get all the shots you require and, as overseers to ensure the wild is not disturbed, the crew will always be safe and no welfare regulations are ever breached.
It isn’t just the animals that are well trained, our team including our handlers are also highly experienced and fully qualified experts in the field.
Your handler will take full control of any animals on set and ensure the entire shoot runs properly. They will also fully manage the welfare of all the animals both on and off set; the safety and welfare of the animals is their prime concern. All of our handling is strictly force-free and only positive, reward based practices are deployed. This way you can have total confidence that by booking With The Animal Talent everything is taken care of legally, professionally and ethically.
The Performing Animals Licence is no longer relevant (it was scrapped in 2019) and has been replaced with the Animal Activity Licence, which we hold.
Our tigers are covered by a £10 million Public Liability Insurance policy.
If you’re working on a production involving tigers you must be aware that this is an animal that requires a large budget due to extensive handling requirements as well as special transport conditions. We have an exhaustive list of safety precautions involved with the film shoot and these need to be considered up to one month ahead of the shoot. Precisely what is appropriate will vary depending on specific circumstances, but may include sectioned off areas where only trained handlers are allowed and/or specifically built green screen studios being supplied.
Filming with a tiger requires the handler to hold a DWA licence.