I wrote about the tiger before but after watching a special National Geographic documentary about Russia’s Primorye Territory, I just had to bring the Amur Tiger to the forefront of my post.
The Amur tiger is one of the rarest predators living on the Earth.
This beautiful tiger has decreased by 40% over the past 15 years and the Wildlife Conservation Society census showed that at 2005 there were only 428- 502 adult individuals inhabiting the Russian Far East. (In 1995 there were 415-467.)
The Amur Tiger is becoming extinct because of poaching and man-made environmental changes, like the East-Siberia-Pacific Ocean oil pipeline and the Sakhalin-Khabarovsk-Vladivostok gas pipeline in the Primorye territory. Russia and China have to develop stricter joint measures aimed at tiger conservation.
Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, are the largest subspecies of tigers, weighing over 600 pounds and almost 10 feet in length! They are on the World Conservation Union’s critically endangered status list.
These photos of three Amur cubs was taken in February 2011.
**According to preliminary results of a census of the Amur tiger population, an article in June 2011 states that its number in Primorye and the Khabarovsk Territory is going up.