About Amur Tigers
As big cats go, this is the largest species living today, they are the strongest and most fearless of them all. The demand for tiger parts have pushed this species to the brink of extinction. Amur Tigers are endangered (IUCN 2015), their future is not secure without protection from poaching and the preservation of tiger habitat. Tigers are hunted for their body parts and their habitat is under threat from illegal logging and human encroachment, such as agriculture & roads. The current population is thought to be as few as 540.
Their forest habitat is also home to a variety of mammals, birds, insects and plant life – the tiger plays its roll in creating environmental balance. Tigers are apex predators, which means they are at the top of the food chain. The role of an apex predator is population control of animals such as deer & wild boar. Left to breed without a predator, these animals can quickly overwhelm an environment by eating too much of the vegetation, leaving the forest unable to produce a new generation of seed producing trees. Without tigers, their forest home would also be in jeopardy along with the animals they share it with.
Our Amur Tigers
We currently have two tigers , sisters Bira and Sinda. They arrived at the park in 2010 as part of a European breeding programme. The tigers are popular with our guests and we are often asked how to tell them apart, so we thought that the images below, along with their names might help.
Tigers are the largest, strongest and most fearless of the big cats.
Conservation Status: Endangered
Gestation: 3.6 Months
Number of young: 2-4
Tigers are carnivores – they only eat meat.
An Amur tiger’s diet consists of mainly ungulates such as wild boar, sika deer, red deer and fish. They have also been known to eat bears, if they can find them!
The Amur tiger is currently only found in forests at the most eastern point of Russia and North Eastern China.
Tigers are hunted for their fur, bones and other body parts. Some are used for ornamental reasons and there are some that believe their body parts can be used as medicine.
Their forests are cut down illegally for timber, this timber can find its way into products bought here in the UK, such as furniture and other items. You can help by checking your timber products are FSC certified.