Siberian Tiger - Blank Park Zoo

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Scientific Name:     
Panthera tigris altaica       tiger3   
Feeding Type:   
Predominantly Eastern Siberia, but may roam to southeastern Siberia and Northern Manchuria, China           
Dense coniferous forests, woodlands of deciduous trees   
Diet in the Wild:
Wild pigs, wild cattle, and several species of deer            
Diet at the Zoo: 
Nebraska feline diet                   
Between 12 to 15 years in the wildtiger 2
Siberian tigers are the largest cats, weighing up to 700 pounds and measuring between 4½ to 9½ feet. They are orange with black stripes with white markings on their underside and faces. No 2 tigers have the same stripe patterns. They have forward facing eyes that provide excellent binocular vision.           

The Siberian Tiger is both powerful and lithe, making it an excellent hunter. It is mainly solitary and highly territorial. Hunting grounds may stretch to 1,600 sq. miles, with its perimeter marked by urine, feces and scratching of trees. The tiger’s soft, broad pads on its feet allow it to walk silently as it stalks it prey. The rough surface of its tongue is covered with tiny spines that it uses to scrape flesh from skin and bones, lap water and clean.
Tigers may mate at any time of the year, but winter seems to be the most popular time. A female is receptive for 3 –6 days and after mating, the male leaves the female. After a gestation period of about 110 days, the female gives birth to a litter of about 2 to 4 cubs in a secluded place.  If all of the cubs die, the mother can produce another litter within 5 months.
Tigers are critically endangered. 3 subspecies became extinct since the 1950s, and only 5 subspecies exists today. Tigers are prized for their fur and medicinal purposes and these have been the main reasons for their decline. There are numerous campaigns and projects that seek to educate the public and protect the tigers. There are about 400 Siberian tigers in the wild and about 560 protected in captivity.

Interesting Facts

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  • One of the 2 cats that actually fish and swim. The other cat that likes water is the jaguar. 
  • Hunting mainly at night, the tiger relies on its excellent night vision, which is 6 times better than that of a human.
  • We have a male and a female, the male being the larger of the 2.
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