Panthera tigris altaica
Panthera tigris altaica
PUSHED TO THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION …
An endangered species, it is thought that there are around 500 Amur tigers left in the wild, however, their numbers have been much lower. Hunting had pushed these animals to the brink of extinction in the 1940’s, with only 40 remaining in the wild. However, the species was saved when Russia granted the Amur tiger full protection, since the 1940’s a significant amount of work has gone into the conservation of these magnificent animals.
Arguably one of the most beautiful animals in the world, the Amur tiger is also one of the most endangered, once driven to near extinction. However due to continuing global conservation efforts, their numbers are on the rise.
Home to endangered Amur tigers Vladimir, Sayan, Tschuna and Tschuna’s cub Hope, and one of the largest tiger exhibits in Europe, Land of the Tiger immerses you into the world of the Amur Tiger! Land of the Tiger was built in 2011 and plays a crucial role in the European Breeding Programme, supporting the conservation of this endangered species and bringing to light the threats they face.
I AM NOT MEDICINE!
Affected by: Illegal Logging, Poaching & Wildlife Trade
It is believed in Chinese culture that tiger parts can be used as medicine to cure a variety of ailments, from toothache to arthritis … this is of course false.
Poaching to supply the black market is the main threat to the survival of Amur tigers. Poachers are better armed, faster and more organised than ever before!
WHAT WE’RE DOING!
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation are proud supporters of the WildCats Conservation Alliance, a charity committed to the conservation of both Amur Leopards and Tigers in Eastern Russia.
INTERNATIONAL BREEDING PROGRAMME
Tschuna gave birth to her three cubs, Hector, Harley and Hope in March 2015. The cubs are part of the European Breeding Programme, which is essential for the species. The European Breeding Programme provides an opportunity for scientists and vets to undertake vital research which can be applied in the wild, it helps raise awareness for Amur tigers in the wild and helps generate funds for essential projects in Far East Russia.
Not only this, but if the worst happens and the population of Amur tigers suddenly drop in the wild, the European Breeding Programme provides an insurance population, should individuals need to be reintroduced into the wild.
RESCUE AND REHABILITATION CENTRE
In 2015 YWPF granted £18K to fund a rescue and rehabilitation centre at Alekseevka in Russia. This rescue and rehabilitation centre helps injured tiger cubs or those who are struggling to support themselves, get back to strength, releasing them back into the wild when ready.