Amur tiger

An Amur tiger at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

At Whipsnade we're home to two Amur tigers, brothers, Makari and Czar. Dmitri moved to Woburn Safari Park in June 2022. 

They were born on 23 June 2018 to mum Naya and dad Botzman. They're growing up fast, but our 'cubs' are still just as playful as ever! Look out for them when you next visit the Zoo

Three Amur tigers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Can you tell them apart? 

Czar - You can identify him by the two large, black circles on his forehead. He also has a thick stripe running down from the base of his tail.

Makari - He has more heart shaped lines above the eyes, one of which looks like a rough letter ‘M’ above his right eye. He also has a very thick black line under the eyes and generally more black between the eyes and on the cheeks.


Amur tiger facts

Estimated numbers: Amur tigers are Endangered in the wild, and it's estimated that there's around 540 in the wild. 

Found: Amur-Heilong, which covers parts of north-eastern China and the Russian Far East. 

Notable features: Amur tigers are thought to be the palest tiger subspecies and can reach up to 250kg and three metres in length! 

Key fact: By the 1940s, fewer than 40 Amur tigers were thought to remain in the wild. The Amur subspecies was saved from extinction when Russia became the first country in the world to grant its resident tigers full conservation protection. 


Amur tiger conservation

Amur tigers are seriously endangered in the wild - there may be as few as 540 left in the Russian Far East.

ZSL is an international conservation charity and has been involved in Amur tiger conservation since 1995. ZSL's Amur tiger conservation project is focused on population monitoring, anti-poaching efforts, and increasing education and awareness. 

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Amur tiger Makari at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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Amur tiger Dmitri at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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Sleepy Amur tiger, Czar, at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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An Amur tiger playing in a leaf pile at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Just our Amur tigers Makari, Dmitri and Czar playing in a pile of leaves at ZSLWhipsnade Zoo

An Amur tiger climbs a tree to get to enrichment

The ‘cubs’ put in a good effort, but it was dad Botzman who showed them how it’s done – he made it look easy! 

Amur tiger cub with a Christmas stocking

December 2018 was the very first Christmas for ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s three Amur tiger cubs and keepers made it extra-special

Amur tiger cub at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Our Amur tiger cubs - Czar, Makari and Dmitri - will be six months old in December 2018. They're growing up fast but are still...

Naya and Amur tiger cubs at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Four endangered Amur tiger cubs were born to mum Naya and dad Botzman in June 2018