Amur Tiger
Amur Tiger
ABout Amur Tiger


No two tigers have the same stripe pattern. Tiger cubs stay with their mothers for up to three years, and are unable to hunt for themselves until they are 18 months old. Amur tigers are excellent swimmers.

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Average Size
Males: 350-420 pounds,
Females: 250-285 pounds
Native Region
Eastern Russia
Eating Habits
Large game, small rodents, birds, fish
Conservation Status
Distinguishing Characteristics

Pavel has short hair framing his round face and lighter coloration on his hind end. He also has a tiny patch of white fur at the tip of his nose that you can see when he comes up to the glass viewing window in our Tiger Forest.

Fun Facts

Pavel came to Indianapolis from Smithsonian's National Zoo. His name in Russian means "small." Pavel is the father to cubs Helina and Nicolas.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Zoya is the smallest of the Zoo's Amur tigers. She has a narrow face and lighter coloration around the front of her neck and shoulders.

Fun Facts

Zoya was born right here at the Indianapolis Zoo. Her name means "life" in Russian and was chosen by Facebook fans during a two-week poll to name her. Active and curious, she loves to play and practice her stalking behaviors.

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Come see for yourself.

Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.

Where are they at the Zoo?
The Amur Tiger is Located in the Forest Exhibit
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Additional Experiences

How do you train one of the most powerful predators on Earth? Find out at our Tiger Chat! Catch an up-close look at the teeth, claws, and beautiful stripes as they engage in training with our Animal Care Staff. Learn all about these powerful cats, their shrinking habitat, and how to save them!

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Additional Experiences
Conservation Efforts for Amur Tiger

What Can you Do?

Everyone has the power to help save wild things and wild places. That power is your individual voice, your awareness and your actions. So in addition to visiting the Zoo and meeting our animal ambassadors, here are a few simple suggestions that will help save their counterparts in the wild:

  • Recycle old cell phones and other electronics during Power Recycling Weekends or at recycling centers in your area. Recycling helps to preserve tiger habitat by reducing the demand for metals, like aluminum, and rare earth elements mined in Russia.
  • Buy and use the Save Vanishing Species stamp from United States Postal Service. They feature a cute tiger cub, and part of the proceeds go to Multinational Species Conservation Fund.
Amur Tiger Conservation Project
The close up encounters possible at the Zoo's Tiger Forest exhibit are the envy of our Amur tiger conservation partner, Dr. Linda Kerley, as she has had only a handful of opportunities to be so close to tigers.

For the Amur tigers that she and the other members of the Amur Tiger Conservation Project (ATCP) study in Lazovsky Preserve in Primorsky Krai, the Indianapolis Zoo’s support paid for 15 vitally important tracking cameras that give Dr. Kerley a long distance insight into the lives of the last few remaining wild Amur tigers on Earth.The Zoo’s support allowed an expansion of the camera tracking program that identified four new litters of cubs in the reserve – the first time cubs had been observed since 2008. The ATCP was also able to expand their tracking work into a nearby newly protected national park. Results here have been astonishing, as shortly after the first cameras were placed, a tiger was confirmed to be in the park, along with another litter of cubs. Camera traps are also instrumental in establishing a deterrent program for poachers called “forest eyes” that uses hidden surveillance camera to record illegal activity in protected tiger habitat.

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Sponsor a Tiger

The Animal Amigo program helps care for all of the animals at the Zoo by funding food, medical treatment, equipment, enrichment toys, and habitat improvement for the animals in our care. For a donation of $100 or more, you can sponsor a tiger at the Indianapolis Zoo. You will receive a plush, collector card, certificate and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board!

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