Amur tiger

An Amur tiger at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Tigers are one of our planet’s top predators and a big tiger can take prey of up to one tonne in size. They can also take small animals like fish and frogs - but mostly they like to eat wild pigs and deer.

Depending on how many deer and pig there are per square kilometre of forest, a single tiger might need as much as 2,000 km sq for his home range, if he lives in the temperate forests of Russia – or as little as 10 km sq, if he lives in the most fertile parts of India or Nepal. So tigers are losing their homes through conversion of forests – often illegally for short-term gain - to logging and agriculture.

There is only one species of tiger in the world – (Panthera tigris), but it is divided up into geographically separate groups called subspecies. The Amur tiger (also called Siberian tiger) is one of the largest; it also has the lightest colour and the longest coat.

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Amur tiger cubs at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo celebrate first birthday

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Amur tiger at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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Amur tiger family at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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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

Enrichment is an important part of daily life for all the animals, including our Amur tiger, at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Enrichment is what we do to improve the animals’ welfare and wellbeing as well as recreate situations that will encourage natural behaviours.

Botsman the Amur tiger rolling in the snow at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

For Botzman, our Amur tiger at the Zoo, new scents in the enclosure helps to stimulate his natural instincts. Sensory enrichment means adding new scents, sights or sounds to the Zoo exhibit habitat to add variety to the carnivores’ experience. Life in the wild is anything but predictable, so sensory enrichment in the tigers' home keeps them stimulated and reflects their natural habitat in the wild.

Amur tiger at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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

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

Amur tiger in camera trap

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Amur tiger at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

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