How far do tigers travel in a day or night?

There are few measurements on how far tigers travel in a day or night but they spend a lot of their time searching for food and travel long distances in doing so. George Schaller in his work of 1967 called The Deer and the Tiger estimated the tiger's average walking speed and decided that tigers travelled 16 to 32 km per night in the Kanha National Park. 

Tiger in Ranthambore NP, India. Photo in public domain.

Soviet researchers followed tiger tracks in the snow and estimated that they normally travelled between 15 to 20 km per day (The Amur Tiger in the USSR 1980). Others have reported that Siberian tigers in eastern Siberia travelled between 50 to 60 km per day under unusual circumstances. 

In Chitwan National Park, a park where tiger prey is or was abundant, tigresses travelled roughly 7 to 10 km per night at a speed of about 0.7 km/h. Male tigers tend to go further than females and it is reported that one adult male in Chitwan travelled the length of his territory using the park road and covered 30 km in a night.

I am indebted to the book Wildcats Of The World by Mel and Fiona Sunquist. If you would like more references then please leave a comment and I would be happy to provide them.


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