AMUR tigers are the biggest land carnivores in the world. They can reach the maximum size of 13 feet and weighs up to 660 lbs. They eat large prey such as ungulates and produce babies in sheltered dens or caves. Over the past 40 years, amur tigers have been rapidly losing grounds to poaching and human hunting. Russian authorities have placed some restrictions on commercial trading. It has eventually brought reasonable stability in tiger’s population in the Russian Far East. Let’s study some of the most interesting Amur tiger facts.
Interesting Facts about Siberian Tigers
- Amur tiger’s skull resembles skull of a lion except for the lower jaw which is slightly different. The biggest skull ever measured of a Siberian tiger reaches a length of 406 mm (16.0 in). The skull is from the specimen found in the northeast China.
- They have 90 to 115 mm long whiskers one that probably helps the tiger to find prey. Like in most land carnivores, the tiger’s whiskers might possibly serve as radars.
- While it generally displays dark orange skin, the coat turns dull brown in winter and the fur also becomes shaggier.
- Siberian tigers are largely found in the Russian Far East, eastern Siberia, and the north-eastern China. China is home to 18 to 22 amur tigers.
- They are known to consume Siberian roe deer, Manchurian wapiti, sika deer, wild boar, and Amur moose.
- Amur tigers will travel as much as 620 miles within the country.
- The female can give birth to twins but the litter size can consist of four cubs max.
- There are approximately less than 600 Siberian tigers remaining in the wild.
- Amur tigers are endangered species.
- The maximum lifespan of a captive amur tiger is estimated at 25 years.