These are probably one of my favorite animals ever. Siberian tigers, or Amur tigers which are found mainly in Russian Far East, when in the wild.
Siberian tigers are endangered, but have had a mainly stable population over the last few decades, but have said to have had a declining population anyway. (source) There are, however, many tigers in captivity.
Another reason for the declining population of these tigers is because they are, in most cases, lone animals that do not travel in packs. This means that there are very few opportunities for females and males to cross paths so there are very few cubs born every year. Siberian tigers are also intensely territorial when it comes to other males being in male territory, so each tiger tends to have its own area and keeps to itself.
A female is only pregnant for about three months and the average litter size is two or four. Each litter has an even number of males and females. Female cubs tend to stay with their mothers longer and have territory closer to their original home. Males wander farther and because of this, it’s males that are more likely to be poached
Appearance of these tigers is reddish orange or rusty colored with black stripes. Like the image seen below.
Siberian tigers are bigger than the Bengal tiger, which is similar looking but lighter and lives mostly in India and Bangladesh whereas Siberian tigers live in Siberia and the far east portion of Russia.
The reason these tigers, and others similar are endangered is due to poaching because their fur is increasingly rare and thus has more worth. As well as, body parts of Siberian tigers were used in Chinese medicines and seen to have magical healing properties that could cure pretty much everything. (another source)
Amur, the other name for this tiger, was chosen because many tigers were seen in the region in and around the Amur River of Russia.
Habitat is mostly dense to semi dense forest. This habitat is rapidly disappearing due to logging and spread in agriculture along with other causes from a larger human population in these areas.
These gorgeous animals are eventually going to be added to the list of extinct animal species if nothing is done, however, there is more research being done to keep the population healthy in a captive environment. To me, this is not the same. These are animals that should be allowed to roam their territory and be free to do what tigers do. I personally think there needs to be more done to keep animals in the wild, where they belong instead of keeping a population alive in zoos and things similar.
That’s really all I have to say about that. I hope this was at least somewhat informative. As always, thanks for reading. For you’re time, here’s a picture of Siberian tiger cubs. I just want to snuggle with one; they’re just so cute.