Amur Tiger

posted: 11/24/15
amur tiger
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Scientific Name: Panthera tigris altaica
Number Remaining: estimated 450 cats
Average Length: up to 10 feet
Average Weight: 396-660 pounds

Also known as the Siberian tiger, this species of big cat was on the verge of extinction in the 1940s. There were only about 40 left due to extensive hunting in the Russian Far East. However, the number began increasing when Russia granted the tiger full protection. The species' number is rising. While there are around 450 tigers in the wild, they still need help.

Right now, the Amur tiger can only be found in the Sikhote-Alin range in the Primorski and Khabarovsk provinces of the Russian Far East, small pockets around the border of China, and possibly in North Korea. This is due to reduced prey densities.

The largest threat to the species is the illegal wildlife trade. They are also threatened by loss of habitat, primarily through Russia's logging industry.

Amur Tigers in the News:

How You Can Help:

  • Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance: Learn more about the Amur tiger and its threats, make a monetary donation, and learn how zoos around the world are banding together to save the species.
  • World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about the Amur tiger and what is being done to save its population.
  • WCS Russia: Learn how Russia is working to protect this native species and how they are fighting poachers.

No one thing is too small. #StartWith1Thing and help the world beat extinction.
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