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.
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.
His name (pronounced MI-das, like King Midas) comes from Greek mythology and is also the name of one of Jupiter’s moons.
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.
Maxim’s name means “the greatest” in Russian. Fewer than 500 tigers like Maxim are now estimated to live in the wild in Russia.
Smallest of the Zoo's Amur tigers. Zoya is active and curious. She loves to play and practice her stalking behaviors.
Zoya's name means "life" in Russian and was chosen by Facebook users during a two-week poll to name her.
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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.
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.
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.
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!Learn More