Panthera tigris altaica
At the Detroit Zoo
Three Amur tigers can be seen prowling and playing in the Devereaux Tiger Forest. Brothers Nikolai (Russian for “victorious”) and Aleksei (Russian for “defender of mankind”) were born in 2017. Female Kisa (“kitty” in Russian) was born at the Detroit Zoo in 2003. These big cats can be found across from the red pandas in their spacious habitat, which features naturalistic elements important to tigers, including elevated vantage points, open spaces, wooded areas, pools, a waterfall and a “catnap” cave.
Amur tigers are the largest members of the cat family and the largest of the five remaining subspecies of tigers. They are mostly orange with black stripes. They have white markings on their ears, abdomens, paws, muzzles, cheeks and above their eyes. Large teeth and sharp claws make them deadly hunters.
Tigers' stripes are similar to human fingerprints as the stripe patterns are unique to each cat.
Tigers' stripes are not only on their fur but also on their skin.
Tigers are among the few species of cats to enjoy water.