With their elegantly striped, orange, black and white fur, our Amur tigers are a favorite sight of many Zoo guests. Their coat, while beautiful, is an amazing adaptation. It is extremely thick which allows them to survive in the harsh winters of eastern Russia and China and their stripes act as a form of camouflage, helping break up their natural outline when hunting prey. Like a human fingerprint, no two tigers have the exact same stripe pattern. This allows conservationists in the field to identify individuals while studying tigers.
The endangered Amur tiger is one of only five remaining subspecies of tiger left in the world, with an estimated population of only 480-540 individuals. Logging and mining for rare earth elements has drastically reduced the amount of suitable Amur tiger habitat making it difficult to find shelter and prey. Together with our partners at the Amur Tiger Conservation Project, the Indianapolis Zoo supports Amur tiger populations in the Lazovsky Reserve in Primorsky Krai, Russia and you can too. Through the Animal Amigo program, you support the care of our tigers here at the Indianapolis Zoo and help guests learn more about what this species faces in the wild.
For a donation of $50 or more, you’ll receive an Animal Amigo package, which includes a tiger plush, photo, certificate, trading card and recognition on the Animal Amigo donor board.*
*Animal Amigo donor board is located inside the Oceans building and updated each March with the previous year’s donors.
Animal Amigo donations make great gifts! You can purchase one as an individual or as a group. However, please note that only one of each item will be enclosed per Animal Amigos packet.