The famous Siberian Tiger has been getting a lot of attention of late. Even Mr. Putin says he knows one. The wild population of Siberian tigers is estimated at around 350-450 tigers. They live in the southeast corner of Russia east of the Amur River. They are the largest of the tiger species and can grow up to 13 feet in length and weigh up to 700 lbs. Not your cuddly bed-partner.
They are an endangered species with the primary threats to its survival in the wild being poached for their fur and for their body parts used in Chinese folk medicine.and habitat loss from intensive logging and development.
A romantic account of this fascinating cat is the beautiful book “Spirit of the Siberian Tiger, Folktales of the Russian Far East” by Alexander B. Dolitsky head of the Alaska-Siberian Research Center in Juneau, Alaska. This is a wonderful and entertaining book which I have recommended to many and loved by all. The artwork is magical and the well-written stories so entertaining. Highly recommended.
A full story of this colorful animal and its survival is found in the book “The Tiger, A True Story of Vengeance and Survival” by John Vaillant. It was chosen by our local book club.
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