This lesson explores the food chain of a tiger. We’ll learn what a food chain is and what different types of tigers live in the world. Then, we’ll cover two specific food chains for different species of tigers.
What Is a Food Chain?
A food chain is a diagram showing the linear transfer of energy between different organisms. That sounds awfully fancy, doesn’t it? Well, let’s break it down.
In the animal kingdom, energy flows as food; every creature gets what it needs by eating. The food chain basically shows which animals eat others in an ecosystem. It’s a chart that shows who eats who!Now, the base of the food chain is always composed of producers, or organisms that make their own food. These are usually green plants. Primary consumers eat the producers and are also called herbivores.
Secondary consumers are carnivores, also known as the meat-eaters, because they eat the primary consumers. Finally, at the top of the food chain are tertiary consumers, or the top predators. These organisms eat the primary and secondary consumers and keep the food chain in balance. Each level on the food chain is called a trophic level.