Amur - Page 1&2:
In The Wild | 3:
In Captivity | 4&5:
Subspecies Description| 6:
Weight & Length Figures |
The Species Survival Plan for Amur tigers:
Found in zoo facilities around Europe, North America, Japan and Asia, the Amur tiger is a participant in a Species Survival Plan which seeks to improve the prospects of endangered species.
The programme for this cat is the longest running for any of the subspecies, but these have proven such a success that all tigers are now involved in similar rescue programmes, along with a myriad of other animals. The Amur tiger originally served as a model for the creation of these scientifically managed programmes for zoos and aquariums.
Amur tigers in zoos now number close to 600, with captive cats outnumbering their wild cousins, perhaps by as much as two to one.
Formed from 83 wild-caught specimens, the group is considered a secure, stable and genetically diverse population. Occasional specimens are sent to China in an effort to improve their breeding stock.
Officially, the 1994 International Tiger Studbook listed:
Tigers breed readily within captivity and numbers will slowly grow. This will continue as long as there are zoos with the facilities and money to house the offspring.
Potential for releasing captive tigers:
Although the status of captive Amur tigers is excellent, this is of little assistance to wild tigers as it is still impossible for captive-bred cats to be released into the wild.
Zoo tigers are dependent on people for food and out in the wild would approach human settlements, perhaps turning man-eater. They also lack the skills needed for hunting, these not having been taught by the tigress to her cubs.
With Thanks To Ralf Schmode