Tiger

Endangered

Noéa, the female, and Saphyr, the male are our two tigers in the park. We do not know the exact origin of Saphyr. Because of this, we do not wish for him to reproduce. Noéa has a contraceptive implant.


Scientific name : Panthera tigris

Where do they live?

In the tropical forests of Eurasia, from Russia to Korea, including China and India

Did you know?

Tigers like the mountains
It was thought that tigers did not live at elevations above 3000 m until 2008, in Bhutan, when tracks and photographs of a tiger showed that this predator could be found between 3700 and 4300 m. It could be that tigers have always lived at such heights and had never before been observed there.

The tiger is the largest wild feline and one of the largest carnivores in the world. It is also the only feline with a striped coat. The species is divided into nine sub-species with minor differences in size or behaviour.
Tigers are an excellent swimmer. They easily cross bodies of water, some even 6 to 8 km wide! The record is held by a Sumatran tiger that crossed a 29 km wide inlet.

New in 2019: Noéa and Saphyr have a brand-new space, much larger than their old enclosure, with a pool and a waterfall! The enclosure was co-financed in part by the European Union in the framework of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Diet

They eat 6 kg of meat per day.

Claws

Their claws can measure up to 10 cm long.

Maximum speed

50 km/h.

Gestation period

Almost 100 days.

Litters

2 or 3 offspring per litter.

Life expectancy

25 years in captivity and 15 years in the wild.

Zoos taking action with European Endangered Species Programmes (EEP)

For the long-term survival of species, zoos work together to maintain the genetic diversity of specimens in captivity. The Siberian and Sumatran tigers are both a part of a European breeding program (EEP). These two sub-species, as well as the Indochinese subspecies, are also part of an American Species Survival Plan (SSP).
Tigers reproduce very well in captivity. If the different hybrids between the sub-species are included, there are likely more tigers in captivity than in the wild.