Status in the Wild:
Amur Tiger “Vika” knows all about being a busy mom. Among Amur Tigers, the mother is the sole caregiver for her cubs. Vika’s trio of playful cubs, who recently celebrated their second birthday, keeps her active. The cubs – two girls and a boy – were born to Vika and her mate, “Danya,” in March 2010. This was the second litter for the pair. Their first cub, “Callie”, was born in July 2009.
In the 1940s, the Amur Tiger was on the brink of extinction, with fewer than 40 individuals surviving in the wild. Thanks to vigorous antipoaching and conservation efforts, the population recovered and remained stable. This species isn’t out of the woods yet, as poaching and loss of habitat continue to threaten them.
Amur Tigers are still extremely endangered; fewer than 400 Amur Tigers survive in the wild. The Great Plains Zoo is a key player toward the success of Amur Tigers; it now has six of only 130 Amur Tigers in Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) accredited zoos in the country.