The Zoo has two Amur tigers, Anastasia and Katya, who were born in 2005. Anastasia is the bolder of the two. The tiger’s father, Sasha, left the Zoo in 2008 to be a part of a training demonstration program at the Louisville Zoo. The move was a recommendation of the Species Survival Plan. Amur tigers were formerly known as Siberian tigers, but these tigers are not native to Siberia and actually inhabit the area around the Amur River Valley. The name was changed from the Siberian tiger to the Amur tiger to accurately reflect the true origin of this large cat.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Endangered. There are approximately 400 Amur tigers remaining in the wild. In accordance with the Species Survival Plan, the Seneca Park Zoo seeks to conserve the Amur (Siberian) tiger in captivity through preservation of breeding populations. In the United States, 137 such tigers are part of the Species Survival Plan. For more information on the Amur Tiger SSP, click here.
Coniferous and taiga forests and bush mountains in southeastern Russia, northeastern China and north regions of Korea.
Tigers eat deer, antelope, elk and wild boar.