Category: Carnivores

Location: Safari Drive

About Amur Tigers

Tigers are the largest species of big cat living today and are the strongest and most fearless of them all. At Knowsley Safari, we have two Amur tigers who live in the Tiger Trail on the Foot Safari. Bira and Sinda are sisters and they arrived in the park in 2010 as part of a European breeding programme.

 

The current Amur Tiger population is around 540 as the demand for tiger parts has pushed them to the brink of extinction. In the wild, they travel for miles and hunt over large areas to find food, giving them the largest home range of all tigers. Their natural habitat is at risk due to illegal logging, construction, agricultural expansions and more, so it is crucial we take care to preserve this species.

 

As part of our conservation efforts, we have created the largest tiger trail enclosure in Europe. The Amur Tiger Trail replicates the wild tiger habitat in the Russian far east. The wooded enclosure provides the perfect living environment for the tigers and makes an exciting trail for you too!

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Fun facts about the Amur Tiger

Although they are the largest and strongest of the big cats, tigers aren’t as scary as they may seem. Whether you’re preparing for a visit or you’re just a little bit curious, take a look at these ferocious tiger facts. You can learn more about these tigers on your journey around the tiger trail on our foot safari.

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    The Amur tiger is formerly known as the Siberian tiger
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    The latin name for the Amur tiger is panthera tigris altaica
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    It is the biggest tiger in the world
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    They have a gestation period of 3.6 months and have an average litter size of 2-4 cubs

Name: Amur Tiger

Location: Russia, China and North Korea (Amur region)

Population: Around 540 remaining in the wild

Status: Endangered

Threats: Human-tiger conflict, poaching, habitat loss, inbreeding

Conservation partners: WildCats Conservation Alliance

Tiger facts - Your questions answered!

It may be the biggest, but the Amur tiger is not the most dangerous in the world. In fact, the Royal Bengal Tiger is considered the deadliest big cat in the world.

Tigers are carnivores so they only eat meat. They typically eat prey species like wild boar, sika deer, red deer and fish - and bears if they can find them!

Yes! Not only are tigers bigger than lions, but studies have found that they also tend to be stronger too.

Amur tigers are apex predators at the top of the food chain. This means they control the population of animals like deer and wild boar which prevents them from breeding uncontrollably and eating too much vegetation.

On average, they can live for 16-18 years. In the wild, they usually live from 10-15 years and in captivity, like zoos and safari parks, the can live up to 25 years of age.

You guessed it. The Amur tiger is the largest tiger in the world.

They live in forests and are currently only found in China, North Korea and the most eastern point of Russia.

Conservation

We work in partnership with the WildCats Conservation Alliance to maintain and improve the population of Amur Tigers. This includes increasing genetic diversity through a breeding programme which will eventually contribute towards wild populations. 

You can learn about our conservation efforts here and when you are walking through the Tiger Trail.

Come face to face with our Amur tigers on the Foot Safari and take the immersive Tiger Trail.

Step behind the scenes for an Amur tiger encounter to learn more about the animals and have the chance to feed them.

Meet us in the viewing area of the Tiger Trail for Anima Talks.

To help protect these beautiful creatures, you can buy a tiger adoptions pack today. Find out more here.

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