Savara is a Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris), born in the summer of 2010. She came to the Foundation because she was blind in one eye and had a head injury. She has regained sight because of the veterinary care and a specialized vitamin regimen she has received at the Foundation. She is pain free and she will remain at the Foundation as an ambassador of her species.

Tigers have stripes that traverse beyond fur and are actually skin-deep. The stripes are unique to the individual and many researchers utilize the unique markings to identify individuals. Tigers are a rarity among cats, as they love to swim and are quite adept at it. Tigers are solitary animals and heavily scent-mark their territory. Cubs are not proficient hunters until 18 months of age and will remain with their mother for two to three years until they are ready to claim their own territory. They are sit-and-wait predators, using their coat as camouflage and wait until prey is within pouncing distance before attacking. Main sources of food include buffalo, deer, wild pigs, and other large mammals. Tigers have even been known to take down small elephants. A hungry tiger can eat as much as 60 lbs of meat in one night, though they don’t usually eat that much on a regular basis.

Siberian Tigers are also known as the Amur tiger, Manchurian tiger, or Ussurian tiger. As of early 2015, there are less than 600 Siberian tigers left in the wild in Russia. Currently the Siberian tiger’s range is limited to the Amur region of far east Russia and in China, with a very low population of less than 30. The main causes of their dwindling population is loss of habitat due to deforestation and poaching for their fur and for body parts that are used for traditional Chinese medicines. Although efforts have been made to curb poaching and protect tiger habitats, Siberian tigers are still considered endangered.

Trivia: In the wild, less than 10% of the tiger’s hunts end successfully.

Siberian Tiger Statistics:

Body Size 4.6 – 9.2 ft long, 3 – 3.5 ft tall
Weight 400 – 700 lbs
Gestation Period 103 days
Litter Size 2-4 average
Life Span 8 – 10 years in the wild, 10 – 12 years in captivity
Status Endangered