Female Amur Tiger and her cub
Amur Tigers (or Siberian Tigers) are an endangered species. They are mainly inhabiting the Sikhote Alin mountain region with a small sub-population in Southwest Primorye province in the Russian Far East. According to figures there were 331–393 adult-subadult Amur tigers in this region in 2005. The breeding adult population consists of about 250 individuals. This population has been stable for more than 10 years (thanks to intensive conservation efforts). Partial surveys suggest that the Russian tiger population is declining though. Today’s Daily Cool Photo features a female Amur tiger named Iris who is licking her 7-week-old cub during one of their first walks in an open-air cage at the Royev Ruchey zoo in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. This photo was taken by I. Naymushin and published by Reuters.
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