Did You Know?
All adults in the group help raise baby Cotton-tops, even brothers and sisters.
The Amur tiger is the largest of all wild cats. Its orange coloring is paler than other tigers and stripes are brown rather than black and are widely spaced compared to other tigers. It has a white chest and belly, and a thick, white ruff of fur around its neck. In the winter, its coat grows long and shaggy to adapt to the change in temperature.
Except for a mother with cubs, Amur tigers are solitary animals. Amur tigers live in specific territories called home ranges and indicate their territories mainly by scent marking on trees, bushes, and the ground along the borders. They also often mark trees by scratching with their huge claws. Tigers are good swimmers and enjoy taking a bath in ponds or rivers. As poaching and habitat destruction take their tolls, it’s estimated that only 400-500 Amur tigers remain in the wild.
Our female tiger Nikka arrived at PPZ in 2009, and was born in Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Sivaki, our male, was born right here at PPZ in 2005. In September 2011, Nikka gave birth to three cubs who are named Kira, Savelii, and Ameliya! Kira and Savelii were transferred to the Bramble Park Zoo in South Dakota January of 2014. Ameliya is still with her mother in the Feline House here at the zoo.