Tigers use their distinctive stripes as camouflage while they are hunting. Similar to a human’s fingerprints, no two tigers have the same striped pattern. Amur tigers are different from other subspecies of tigers because they have fewer, paler stripes. They also have manes and very thick fur, which helps keep them warm.
All tigers are endangered with a decreasing population trend. The Amur tiger population is currently stable at approximately 540 mature individuals in the wild. The Edmonton Valley Zoo is part of the Amur tiger Species Survival Plan – an international coordinated breeding program for captive endangered species.
Our zoo is home to two tigers – Amba and Taiga.