Savara is a Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris), born in the summer of 2010. When she came to the foundation, she was blind in one eye and had a head injury. Through veterinarian care and a specialized vitamin regimen, she has regained full sight. She is healthy and is still growing, and could weigh up to 600 pounds when she is full grown.

Siberian Tigers are also called the Amur tiger, Manchurian tiger, or Ussuri tiger.

Tiger stripes are unique to the individual and many keepers identify them by the patterns on their head. 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 approximately 18 months of age and will remain with the mother for 2-3 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 pounds of meat in one meal, though they don’t usually eat that much on a regular basis.

There are less than 400 adult Siberian tigers left in the wild as of early 2009. Currently its range is limited to the Amur region of far east Russia, where it is now protected, and also in China, with a very low population of about 22.

All tigers are critically endangered. Even though there are a number of reserves in which to protect tigers, poaching one for its fur and other body parts is still a major threat.

Siberian Tiger Statistics:

Body Length 4.9 – 9.2 feet; tail 2 – 3 feet
Weight up to 660 pounds; females smaller
Gestation Period 104-106 days
Litter Size 2-4 average
Life Span 15 – 20 years
Status Critically Endangered