Amur tigerPanthera tigris altaica
Just over three metres long and weighing some 300 kg, the Amur tiger is the world’s largest cat.
Length: 2,6 - 3 m
At one time the Amur tiger lived in large areas of eastern China, Manchuria and parts of Siberia – hence its former and more familiar name: Siberian tiger.
Tigers are solitary animals, seeking each other out only to mate. This requires them to overcome their natural aversion to company and involves a lot of noisy communicating with growls and snarls.
The world tiger population continues to decline, and everywhere the threats they face are the same: poaching, trade in tiger parts for traditional Asian medicine, modern forestry and scarcity of prey.