By Amelia Meyer
The Panthera tigris, as the magnificent tiger is known in formal scientific terms, is one of the largest of the wild cats to walk the surface of the earth. Its golden-red coat is characterised by bold black (or very dark brown) stripes, under which a strong, lithesome body is built for the hunt. The tigerâ€™s eyes have haunted and mesmerised mankind for millennia, as this elegant creature has stalked alongside the human settlements that have entered into its natural territory.The tiger is a mammal (that is, from the Mammalia class) and is placed within the Carnivora order. It comes from the Felidae family and the Panthera genus.