Siberian Tiger

08 Jul

TigerSiberian Tiger What is an endangered species? In the world of today, there are many species that are endangered from becoming extinct. Hunting, trapping, and poisoning to protect livestock have taken a great toll among predatory mammals and birds. Global warming and acid rain are also parts of the causes of endangerment. Affected animals include reptiles, many kinds of birds, insects, cats and, unfortunately, many more. Most of these species are protected by associations and zoologists. Among these animals, there is a magnificent looking cat called the Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica). These cats occupy small regions in the very East, places such as Siberia and Manchuria. They are very rare and are a subspecies of the species Tiger. Like all other cats, they are carnivorous predator cats, usually feeding on red deer and wild boar. The Siberian tiger is differentiated from other tiger subspecies by its mane of fur around the neck and some of the head, which is developed as an adaptation against the cold. The Siberian Tiger is a subspecies of tiger that is critically endangered. The Siberian tigers reach sexual maturity at age four. One interesting thing about their reproduction is that they are able mate at any time of the year. The females leave marks, indicating their receptiveness and their gestation lasts from three to three and a half month. They usually give birth to three or four cubs at once. The cubs are born blind in a sheltered den while the mother goes off to hunt for food. The cubs are usually divided into genders equally at birth. However, by adulthood, there are usually two to four females per male. The females always stay with their mothers while the males go wandering on their own, which is why their number gets lowered by hunting humans or rival predators. Currently, there are only a several hundred Siberian tigers in cavity. They are usually kept in zoos and, in many cases, natural reservations for their population to increase. Scientists think that the current population is enough for the species to stay stable and, therefore, survive. Source:

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Posted by on July 8, 2009 in Animal and Birds


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