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Siberian tiger

Panthera tigris altaica

The Siberian tiger is the largest existing cat. The male can weigh up to 300 kg and measure up to four metres from its nose to the tip of its tail.

The Siberian tiger is an endangered species and it has been close to extinction in the wild. Poachers shoot tigers to sell them in China where they are applied in various kinds of medicine. Chinese people believe that the medicine transfers the power of the tiger to the humans through the use of the medicine.

Today, there are more tigers in captivity than in the wild. Odense ZOO participates in a breeding programme along with other zoos to ensure a healthy population. We train the tigers every week to activate them and to check that they are healthy.

Sheep, oxen and wild boar
Life expectancy
In nature: 8-15 years In captivity: up to 26 years
180-300 kg
Gestation period
Ca. 3.5 months
IUCN status
Endangered (EN)