Florida’s tallest launch coaster - Tigris is now open at Busch Gardens Tampa. The thrill ride catapults riders through loops, exhilarating twists, intense drops, a 150-foot skyward surge, and an inverted heartily roll for a ride that is sure to make you scream. The ride races along more than 1,800 feet of steel track, mimicking the agility of the world’s most powerful cat - the tiger.

In celebration of Tigris’ opening here are 5 fun facts about tigers:
They Live in Diverse Habitats
Tigers live in very diverse habitats. They can be found in tropical rainforests, evergreen forests, swamps, the savannah, rocky areas and grasslands. They dwell in India, Nepal, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, China, Sumatra, Siberia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

Tigers are Big
Tigers are the largest existing member of the cat family. Males can weight up to 500 pounds and females can weigh up to 300 pounds. They can also be 9-10 feet in length.

They Can Swim
Despite their size tigers are actually excellent swimmers. The animal can swim across lakes and rivers with ease, making it even harder for their prey to escape.

Bengal Tigers Are Largest Subspecies
Native to Asia, Bengal tigers are one of the largest subspecies of tigers, with males weighing nearly 500 pounds.

Tigers Are Endangered
The animals are poached for their bones and organs, which some cultures believe possess medicinal or healing properties in the powdered form.

To learn more about tigers and watch them roam make sure you stop by Tiger Lodge in Jungala. For an even more in-depth visit take the Tiger Inside Tour and get an insider’s view into tiger care and conservation.

And of course, take a ride on the new Tigris. The Tigris queue includes educational content about the plight of tigers in the wild and what conservationists are doing to help save them. The purchase of any merchandise in the Tigris gift shop will help make a difference, with 5% of sales price donated to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to protect tigers and their habitat.