Amur Tigers are found in Eastern Russian and some northeastern parts of China, although the largest populations live in Russia. Tigers are important in maintaining healthy ecosystems within their habitat because they are top predators. They help keep small prey populations in check and also distribute pollen/seeds that may stick to their bodies while they move through the wild.
Like most tigers, they have a thick tuft of hair around their neck, often referred to as a scarf that helps them regulate their body temperature. They also have built-in snowshoes in the form of extra fur on their paws that help them when moving in the snow.
In the wild, Amur Tigers will live between 10-14 years and in specialty care have been known to live up to 20 years. Tigers generally only come together during the breeding season.
Tigers are carnivorous animals that hunt at night using hearing and sight to locate their prey. Tigers mark their territory with urine and use it as a means of communication to let other tigers know of their presence.
Amur Tiger @ Safari Niagara
- There are an estimated 450 Amur Tigers remaining in the wild today due to illegal poaching and trades of tiger products.
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Did you know?
- The greatest threat to tigers today is poaching. There is an illegal trade in skins and body parts, mostly in China.
- On average, Amur Tigers weigh 180-306kg (397-675lb) for males and 100-167kg (220-368lbs) for females.
- Conservation efforts are hindered by the fragmentation of the tigers’ habitat by human encroachment.