There Siberian tiger it is an animal at risk, very at risk. It resembles another type of Tiger which, however, fares a little better, always bearing in mind that these are animals that pay for the way we treat the environment themselves. They are all victims of the environmental degradation that men cause and perhaps, looking in the eyes of the animals that are in danger of extinction because of us, the consciences will awaken. Who knows. Let's try! Meet the Siberian tiger.
It is also called Amur tiger, this feline is one of the most important tiger species on the planet as well as being one of the best known species. We find it in many films, in adventure books, and not only, and in the songs of every tradition,
It is a bit of a "magical" animal, particular, which has charm and triggers the imagination. We hope not to have to imagine him alive in the future, but to be able to know him alive. I say this because it is on the verge of extinction and man has a hand in this bad news. Can anything be done to avert this danger? Something as we shall see, is being done, but it is a race against time and some environmental disasters man-made are irrecoverable.
Siberian tiger: weight
The weight of the Siberian tiger is a source of amazement and curiosity, this animal is in fact one of the heaviest of its kind, especially if you go to make a comparison between males. These specimens can weigh up to 320 kilograms while the females are much smaller, weighing practically half of their mates, therefore about 180 kilograms, on average.
Today these are the numbers of Amur tiger but in the past it would seem that some captured specimens also weighed 400 kilograms, it seems incredible even to imagine, yet it would only happen during the twentieth century, so almost the day before yesterday.
An animal of this size needs a "tailor-made" habitat and in the case of our Siberian tiger we can reach the wooded areas of the planet to find it. Specifically, this species of tiger, as the name suggests, lives in the cold region of Siberia even though there have been sightings of the animal also in the forests of China and North Korea. Its scientific name is Panthera Tigris Altaica, its name "Amur tiger" is linked to its habitat: the Amur is a river that winds, coincidentally, on the border with northern Manchuria.
White Siberian Tiger
The fur of this feline is not exactly white, as a rule, but it can certainly be defined light yellow color, of a much more subtle shade than those sported by other subspecies of tigers. The reasons for this pigmentation are to be sought perhaps in the need for blend in better with the surrounding environment. The hair, beyond its color, is also very particular to the touch_ it is decidedly thick and dense, one imagines that this is the case to protect the animal from the cold climate and snow of the areas in which it lives.
As we have mentioned, the Siberian tiger has nothing to do with the Tasmanian tiger but explicitly remember the bengal tigerand indeed the characters in common are many. Our Siberian also displays camouflage horizontal stripes, very light sensitive eyes and athletic body, adapted to hunt and survive in the environment in which he lives.
There are also small differences that scholars have identified even if in fact they are not easy to notice with the naked and inexperienced eye. For example ours Amur tigers they have shorter legs but this does not mean that they are weaker or stiffer than other tigers. Indeed, they would be among the fastest animals on the planet: with their imposing mass they still manage to reach one level speed of about 52 km / h. This characteristic makes them almost infallible predators, capable of hunting alone, crossing the frozen plains and hills of Siberia, China and North Korea.
Siberian tiger at risk
According to environmentalists but also scholars, the Siberian tiger it is at risk precisely due to the fact that its habitat is also at risk due to human activity. These tigers once inhabited almost all of Russian territory, too in Mongolia and Manchuria, but logging and other activities have decimated their environment. They no longer find their habitat, they struggle to hunt, for lack of prey, so they struggle to survive in a world that has changed to their detriment.
Today there are fewer than 500 specimens of Siberian tiger, these are numbers that make the IUCN raise a cry of alarm. Unfortunately, in addition to the damage to the habitat, it is also the fault of hunting. Yes, Siberian tigers over time have also been hunted for their skins, furthermore in traditional Chinese medicine it is believed that their skin and bones have magical, healing powers, one more reason to kill her even if it would be one more reason to save her, don't you think?
Siberian tiger: feeding
We talked about lack of prey, let's see what they are. In general, these are carnivorous animals that vary their diet also depending on the environment but that they prefer wild boar, deer, bear and moose. Because of their size they have to eat a lot of meat on a daily basis 30 kilograms of meat in one go, too, all in order to make up for their incredible energy requirements.
This predatory nature of theirs did not stop the Siberian tiger from becoming, with the name of Hodori, the official mascot during the Summer Olympic Games held in Seoul (South Korea) in 1988. Also in South Korea the national football team has such a tiger on its official shield and it appears on the coat of arms of the city of Vladivostok.
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