What is a Siberian Tiger?

25/04/10 0 COMMENTS

Siberian tigers are considered the world’s largest cats. They are also known as the Amur, Manchurian, Altaic, Korean, North China or Ussuri tigers (Wikipedia). Siberians are considered the biggest of the eight recent tiger subspecies. They can grow up to 13 feet in length and weigh up to 900 lbs.

Wild Siberians live in Southeast corner of Russia in the Sikhote-Alin mountain range east of the Amur River and there are some living in China and North Korea.

There are 400 to 500 Siberian tigers left living in the wild. Poaching for fur and for their body parts that are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine have caused a major loss in population. Is is against the law in China to use Siberian parts for medicine, but despite the laws reports say that in 1991 alone, one-third of the Siberian tiger population was killed to meet the demand for their bones and other parts used in the practice of Chinese Medicine.

Below are some videos about the Siberian tigers. Please keep in mind the money spent to monitor these creatures. It is crucial that we save this species. Learn more at Wikipedia.

Warning on Part 5. There is a dead tiger and this is not a video for children.