Amur Tiger
Amur Tiger
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ABout Amur Tiger

AMUR TIGERS ARE DISTINGUISHED BY A REDDISH-RUSTY OR RUSTY-YELLOW COAT WITH NARROW BLACK DIAGONAL STRIPES.

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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FACTS & STATISTICS
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Average Size
Males: 350-420 lbs,
Females: 250-285 lbs
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Native Region
Temperate Russian forests
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Eating Habits
Large game, small rodents, birds, fish
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Conservation Status
Endangered
Distinguishing Characteristics

Metis is a 2-year-old Amur tiger who recently came to the Indianapolis Zoo from the Columbus Zoo. Though he’s a large cat, weighing about 310 pounds, Metis has a very relaxed personality. His long snout makes him easy to distinguish from our other tigers.

Fun Facts

His name (pronounced MI-das, like King Midas) comes from Greek mythology and is also the name of one of Jupiter’s moons.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Long fur around face and can often be seen sticking his tongue out. Maxim is very active and can often be seen playing with fun items in the water.

Fun Facts

Maxim’s name means “the greatest” in Russian. Fewer than 500 tigers like Maxim are now estimated to live in the wild in Russia.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Smallest of the Zoo's Amur tigers. Zoya is active and curious. She loves to play and practice her stalking behaviors.

Fun Facts

Zoya's name means "life" in Russian and was chosen by Facebook users during a two-week poll to name her.

Zoya Discovers Snow

This feisty little feline is fascinated by new discoveries. Enjoy this adorable video of Zoya experiencing her first snowfall.

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Watch the tigers live!


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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

Watch our tiger keepers engage with the largest cats on earth at the tiger training demonstrations in Tiger Forest.

You’ll get one of the best views of the day as the tigers come up to the glass and display a variety of behaviors. Learn why tiger training is an important part of tiger care, how keepers train an animal that has razor sharp teeth and claws, and find out what you can do to help protect wild Amur tigers.

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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.

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.
Animal Amigo
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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