Amur Tiger

Theme area:  Big Cat House
Scientific name:  Panthera tigris altaica
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Asia
Habitat:  Temperate forest and taiga
Diet:  Carnivorous
Weight:  Up to 300 kg
Size:  3,3m (nose to tip of tail)
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We do not currently have Amur tigers.  The Big Cat House, which housed the Amur tiger, is closed as we prepare to start building a state-of-the-art facility designed around the specific needs of our big cats.  Increased indoor space and a larger off-show management area will be complimented by extended external paddocks and improved keeper facilities, which will enable the best possible care for the magnificent and endangered animals.  Opening Spring 2023.

The Amur tiger (formerly known as the Siberian tiger) is one of the largest cats in the world and today, fewer than 500 can be found in the Russian Far East with a small number ranging across the border into China and possibly North Korea.

Tigers are primarily solitary animals, coming to together only to breed. They can live up to about 15 years in the wild and longer in captivity. In the wild, they catch and eat mostly deer and wild boar, but at the zoo they are fed a diet of rabbit, beef, chicken, vitamins and minerals. We operate a “starve day” once a week to replicate their dietary habits in the wild.


Originating from Northern Asia, this species has been hunted to the very edge of extinction. Poaching, loss of habitat to farming and deforestation and the sale of skins and body parts for traditional medicine have decimated their numbers.There are only about 4,500 to 5,000 tigers left in the wild. The Amur tiger is the largest cat in the world as well as one of the rarest.

We're proud to support the work of the Wildcat Conservation Alliance through our fundraising efforts in the zoo, you can read more about their work by heading to their website.

Conservation status
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated
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