Zoo Animals


Amur tiger

Panthera tigris altaica

At the Detroit Zoo
Female Kisa – meaning “kitty” in Russian – was born at the Zoo in 2003. This big cat can be found in her habitat across from the red pandas.

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.

Fun Facts

  • Tigers' stripes act 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.