Amur Tiger

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

In the 1940s, it was on the brink of extinction with less than 50 individuals remaining in the wild. This was due to decades of almost continual political instability with the Russian Revolution and the formation of the Soviet Union. However in 1947 after the Second World War, Russia became the first country to ban tiger hunting and offer tigers full protection. Hunting of the main prey species, boar and deer, became restricted by annual quota based on the results of population counts. Poaching of tigers became relatively rare, because there was no market for skins and other tiger products, although hunters on occasion killed their “competitor” when an opportunity presented itself.

 

Everything you need to know about the Amur tiger

  Amur Tiger Fact File

 

I support ALTA because of the important work they are doing to shine light on these majestic animals. Our world is so out of balance with nature. We are all one. We are all connected. We need to peacefully co-exist with these creatures. ALTA is their voice.

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