Tiger (Amur)

Tiger (Amur)

Tíogar Amur

  • Scientific name: Panthera tigris altaica
  • IUCN status: Critically endangered
  • Habitat: Mountain forests.
  • Diet: Carnivore – wild boar, deer,birds and fish.

The largest in length and the heaviest of all cats, Amur tigers also have the thickest fur to protect them from the bitter cold of their habitat. Humans are their only predators and, although legally protected, they are still killed for their fur and body parts for use in traditional eastern medicines and as ornaments or charms. Estimates of their numbers in the wild range from as low as 150 to over 400.

Keeper’s Secret

An adult needs to eat about 5kg of meat a day to survive. At Dublin Zoo they have a day of fasting during the week to mimic their unpredictable wild feeding patterns.

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