Northern China and Russia
Boreal and temperate mixed forests
Panthera tigris altaica
IUCN conservation status
Powerful and superbly camouflaged with their beautiful striped coat, they're the biggest feline species in the world
Predators Adapted for Big Game
Equipped with fangs up to 10 cm long, with their strong jaws they can immobilize prey much larger than them. Their muscular legs and shoulders complete their hunting arsenal. Their diet consists of wild boars, elk and other large cervids.
Adapted for Life in Cold Regions
These are the highest latitude of the species. Formerly known as "Siberian tigers" their coats are longer with more white areas than any other subspecies. Their striped fur acts as camouflage in the semi-darkness of dawn or dusk.
Vast Territories Patrolled Alone
Nocturnal and generally solitary, they require vast hunting territories to satisfy their needs: males generally cover between 500 and 1000 sq km. Altercations between males for the possession of a territory or a female can be fatal. The offspring stay with their mothers for two to three years.
Less than 500 Individuals in the Wild
Poaching and logging decimated the populations in the 1930s when only about 20 individuals remained in the wild. Even today, despite strict protective measures, these animals are still hunted, and some of their body parts are sold to be used in traditional Asian medicine.
Date of birth
July 13, 2007
339.51 lb / 154 kg
Born in the Toronto Zoo, Jack came to the Zoo de Granby in 2009, when he was only 2 years old. He has contributed to the conservation of Amur tigers and has fathered three cubs since his arrival!
Fearless in familiar surroundings, Jack can become timid when facing new situations. He prefers to avoid new elements in his habitat rather than confront them. Quite the predator!
Date of birth
September 12, 2010
262.35lb / 119 kg
In order to diversify the species' genetics, Simsa met our male Jack in 2013 with the aim of having offspring. This splendid female previously lived at the Pittsburgh Zoo in the United States.
Upon her arrival in Granby, the animal care team quickly noticed that Simsa seemed to have a preference for women. She appeared very calm around the female technicians, while men tended to make her more agitated!
Date of birth
March 30, 2012
273.37 lb / 124 kg
A great traveler, Kira was born at the Calgary Zoo and spent some time at the Toronto Zoo before settling in Granby in 2019. This tigress with a calm temperament participates marvelously in training sessions!
Kira is particularly expressive during her heat cycles! She can be seen rolling on the ground or doing what is called 'pawing,' kneading with her paws like kittens do with their mother.