The Zoo has two Amur tigers, Anastasia and Katya, who were born here at the Zoo in 2005. Anastasia is the bolder of the two. The tigers’ father, Sasha, left the Zoo in 2008 to be a part of a training demonstration program at the Louisville Zoo, as part of a recommendation from the Species Survival Plan (SSP). Amur tigers were formerly known as Siberian tigers, but these tigers are not native to Siberia and actually inhabit the area around the Amur River Valley. The name was changed to Amur tiger to accurately reflect the true origin of this large cat.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Endangered. There are approximately 400 Amur tigers remaining in their natural range. In accordance with the Species Survival Plan, the Seneca Park Zoo seeks to conserve the Amur (Siberian) tiger in conservation care through preservation of breeding populations. In the United States, 137 such tigers are part of the Species Survival Plan. For more information on the Amur Tiger SSP, click here.
Coniferous and taiga forests and bush mountains in southeastern Russia, northeastern China and north regions of Korea.
Tigers eat deer, elk, antelope, and wild boar.
Amur tigers are the largest of all living cats.
They grow to be 14-feet long, males weigh up to 400 pounds and females weigh up to 300 pounds.
The hind limbs of these animals are longer than their forelimbs. This is an adaptation for jumping.
Tiger cubs are born blind and weigh only 2 to 3 pounds at birth.
The uneven black stripes on the cats’ orange coats act as shadow marks and make for excellent camouflage.
Tigers are solitary animals except during the mating season. A male’s territory may cover 400 square miles, with several females within that range.