Siberian Tiger Habitat

by Michael
(London, UK)

Siberian Birch Woodland - Siberian tiger habitat - Photo by Alex Can On (Flickr)

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Siberian Birch Woodland – Siberian tiger habitat – Photo by Alex Can On (Flickr)

Siberian Birch Woodland - Siberian tiger habitat - Photo by Alex Can On (Flickr) Amur (Siberian) tiger cub - photo by ucumari (one of the top 3 Flickr wildlife photographers, for me) Khabarovsk - on the edge of Siberian tiger habitat - Photo by Borya

The article discusses the Siberian tiger habitat. This tiger is also called the Amur tiger, Manchurian tiger, or Ussuri tiger. The habitat and location of the habitat are part of the same subject and both are referred to in this article. You can click on the smaller images above to see what the habitat of this wildcat, the world’s largest cat, looks like in Siberia. The classic habitat is birch woodlands.

It is a rare subspecies of tiger (P. tigris). There are about 330-370 adult Siberian tigers left in the wild (at early 2009). Perhaps about 400 at 2011.

Its range is limited to the Amur region of Russia in the Far East (most are here), where it is now protected and China (very low population, 18-22) and possibly Korea. The region (i.e. distribution of this tiger) is shown on the map below:

Siberian tiger range

Russia falls within this region. 95% of the population of this tiger is in Russia. Another area where the Siberian tiger was thought to exist but with little recent evidence was northern China. It was thought that about 20 existed in northern China. At early March 2010, there has been some good news reported in the Times newspaper (2nd March 2010).

A Siberian tiger cub, a naturally very precious animal, was found trapped in a woodpile in the snowy northeast of China. This is the first time the Siberian tiger has been seen in China for 60 years according to the Times author.

The cub was female and it was captured with the use of tranquillizers and taken to the local police station but died quickly. There is currently no report as to why she died. This is a sad loss but the good news is that this is evidence of the presence of the Siberian tiger in China, an area that can now be said to be a part of the Siberian tiger habit. I hope further work is carried out to establish the presence of more Siberian tigers in this region of China.

Within the regions in Russian where this tiger can be found is, for example, the area of Sikhote-Alin Zapovednik. Sikhote-Alin is a mountain range in Primorsky & Khabarovsk Krais. It is about 900 km to the NE of Vladivostok. “Zapovednik” refers to a protected area in Russia. These areas are kept wild. This is a map of the area Sikhote-Alin:

This is a picture of Central Sikhote-Alin, which is Siberian tiger habitat and a UNESCO World Heritage Site:

Siberian tiger habitat

It is a temperate zone, where the changes in temperature between summer and winter is smaller than usual. There is no extreme hot and cold between these seasons. The reserve covers 3,985 square kilometers (985,000 acres).

The mountains of the area are densely forested with birch and conifers on higher slopes. On the lower slopes there is mixed deciduous forest. This area generally is one of the leading lumbering areas of the Russian Far East. Minerals are also mined in the area. No doubt outside the protected reserve these activities have a substantial negative impact on the Siberian tiger habitat and the tiger’s survival, therefore. The human population is sparse.

Fragmentation of Siberian tiger habitat

This has a major influence on the survival of the Siberian tiger. It was recently reported that that there are up 500 Siberian tigers but this population is behaving as if it was about 35 in terms of genetic diversity ( This is a serious situation as such a low effective population is vulnerable to extinction in the wild.

Update 27th Feb. 2011 – Sunday Times reports under the heading, “A Whisker Away From Extinction”, that the Siberian tiger has an uncertain future according to new research that concludes that “the genetic pool is too limited to sustain a healthy population”. The genetic base of the Siberian tiger is said to be less than I have previously stated. It is the equivalent of 14 individuals. The actual population is stable or climbing but genetically this tiger is almost extinct in the wild. The other tiger subspecies are going or have gone the same way.

An exacerbating factor is that the habitat, as mentioned above, is divided by human activity and development that creates two ranges, one in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains, where by far the larger population is (effective population of about 26-28 – now outdated, see above) and the other range being Southwest Primorye (Primorsky Krai) where the actual population size is about 20 but effective population size is 2.8 to 11. There is very little movement of Siberian tigers across the barrier.

The map below marks out these areas and shows a bit about the area. There is also a nice short video of a Siberian tiger and young wandering around the streets of a town at night. Just click on the blue flags for the videos and photo.

Please note: The map can be moved around in the window by holding down left click on the mouse and dragging the map. And if you place the cursor over the map and scroll with your mouse the scaling alters quickly. Click on the minus buttons to reduce the scale to see where this area is in relation to the world. And click on the flags for more. The green line encompasses the general range as set out by the IUCN Red List (the best source in my opinion). The Wikipedia range map is too wide and it seems outdated. Please note that wildcat ranges are shrinking year on year.

View Siberian Tiger Habitat in a larger map

Update 15th September 2010: A study by the University of Cambridge and published in the journal PLoS Biology has proposed that 42 key breeding areas are set up in contrast with the many reserves that exist at present and in which there are low tiger populations. It is suggested that the tiger populations in some current areas are too low and resources to protect the tiger too thin. In regards to the Siberian tiger habitat six key breeding areas are proposed, which are set out approximately on the map below1:

Read more about this study on this page: Tiger is Facing It’s Last Stand.

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From Siberian Tiger Habitat to Wild Cat Species

Photo of distribution of Siberian tiger and of the habitat: published under Wikimedia® creative commons license license = Attribution-ShareAlike License.

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  • 1. Map based on Times Newspaper article dated 15th Sept. 2010

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Siberian Tiger Habitat

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May 11, 2012me
by: Anonymous

i LUV TIGERS!!!!! i don’t want them to become extinct!!!! they. are. so. cool. and i immediately dislike anyone who purposefully hates them!!!!!

Aug 29, 2011Update
by: Michael

The Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Reserve is a protected amur tiger habitat and for other animals including of course its prey. It is 400,000 ha (4000 km2) in size. It was created in 1935. There are over 30 tigers in the reserve at the time of this post it is said.

It is not possible to map it using Google maps because the area of Primorsky Krai is almost completely unmapped or largely unmapped by Google. Or there is little to map.

It is located in Central Sikhote-Alin in Terneysky and Krasnoarmeysky Districts and area of Dalnegorsk City Council.

Aug 28, 2011Siberian tiger prey chart
by: Michael

Want to know the Siberian tiger’s diet?

See a chart showing a percentage breakdown of the prey profile of the Siberian tiger in the far east of Russia. This also shows us the kind of species living in the Siberian tiger habitat.

Aug 18, 2011Habitat Notes
by: Michael

Here are some quick reference notes on the Siberian tiger habitat.1. Habitat means: “The natural home or environment of an animal”.2. The natural environment for the Siberian tiger is the birch woodlands of Siberia.

Here is a picture of birch woodland in Siberia:

3. Habitat and location are overlapping subjects and both should be discussed in an article about the Siberian tiger habitat.

4. A more proper name for the Siberian tiger is the Amur Tiger. Scientific name: Panthera tigris ssp. altaica. “Amur” refers to the region where it lives.

5. The Amur tiger can live in temperatures as low as -30 degrees C to -40 degrees C. and where there is deep snow.

6. The Amur tiger lives in the far east of Russia as you can see from the map. Click on the reduce scale button to get a better perspective where it is in relation the surrounding area.


May 04, 2011pics and info
by: cat lover

thanks for the fantastic info and pictures!!! They really helped!

May 04, 2011michel

????? i love u michel!!!!!!!!! you are so sweet!
i totally agree with u in everything! you rock! your awesome! i am tiger person!

May 04, 2011Siberain tigers are awesome!!!!
by: cat lover

I am doing the Siberain Tiger for my Endangered Species Report and right now I am taking habitat notes. I already have 22 so I need at least 3 more notes and I can’t find anymore. It would be great if you could write some comments with facts about the habitat. I need these notes before 10:00 p.m.on Thrusday May 5, 2011. Thanks again!
I AM IN LOVE WITH CATS!!!!!!!!!! BTW, I agree about the stupid person and all that stuff.

May 03, 2011h
by: Anonymous h

Feb 27, 2011IUCN Red List
by: Michael

The Red List classifies this tiger subspecies as Endangered but in the light of recent research – see update above Feb 2011 – it seems that this cat is almost genetically extinct in the wild (and perhaps in captivity).It should be reclassified as Critically Endangered. The listing is inaccurate as it is based in actual numbers which are stable but not new research indicating severe problems genetically.

Feb 18, 2011stupid people=annoyance
by: Anonymous

I agree with the comment below me that the person below them is… how can a phrase this politely… stupid. Tigers living in eastern Russia, cannot just hop on a plane and move their entire pack to another country. Plus, beyond the fact on how ridiculous that idea is, the climate in Greenland and Antarctica could not support the Siberian tiger. They live in a temperate climate… not the frozen Tundra. Perhaps if that person would read now and then instead of just looking at pictures of “cute tigers” you would have known that.

Jan 26, 2011I dislike stupid people
by: Anonymous

The person below me is an idiot :L
Just saying Tigers are hunted because poacher can make more money in one kill of a tiger than a whole year of farming and the reason why they don’t move is because it would take weeks for their whole tribe/village to move. So it is much more economically better for them to kill them, harsh world. :/

Oct 14, 2010tigers=awesome
by: Anonymous

tigers r awesome and so cute.i dont get y anyone would hunt them to extinction. if u dont want to b eaten, then move somewhere else. theres plenty of room in antartica and greenland and what not so go move there.all u tiger hunters and poachers,leave. just stop living.NOBODY LIKES YOU!!!!!!!!!!

Sep 17, 2010i love tigers
by: Anonymous

I love tigers but i love the siberian tiger the most. they are my favourite animal and i feel bad that there becoming extict. i will do anything to save them:)

Sep 15, 2010Tiger photo and mixed feelings.
by: Susan Bearder


This human behaviour is beyond my comprehension and it is hard to put a coherent argument together because it is so emotive.Thus I am so grateful when anyone can collate information to describe what humans are doing and what the evidence is.Before living here in Spain I lived near Marwell in Hampshire, UK – hence the mixed feelings about the cats as they have breeding programmes to save some species like the tiger and the snow leopard.

Mixed feelings or not, I am sending a photo I took of a Siberian Tiger in the early 90s. Its fate is unknown…here is the photo:

I also lived in Tasmania in the early 70s where the Tasmanian Tiger was hunted to extinction because they took the odd sheep from the millions that were bred. Mainly the Brits, but not exclusively, also hunted the aboriginal people almost to complete extinction as well.

Sep 07, 2010hi
by: Anonymous hi

Aug 21, 2010Response to last comment
by: Michael

My pleasure. If anyone wants something that I have not included just ask.

May 24, 2010Thank you
by: Cfa Thanks for showing me that map you saved me from failing my book project

May 24, 2010Thank you
by: Cfa

Thanks for showing me that map you saved me from failing my book project

May 21, 2010grade= 100%
by: big chokes

good looking for the info it got me 100% flocka!!!!!!!!

May 02, 2010siberian tiger
by: Anonymous thanks for the siberian tiger map

Mar 23, 2010Siberian Tiger
by: Anonymous

thnx for the facts i needed them for my speech on Siberian Tigers.These facts were really useful!

Feb 25, 2010hey
by: coolyo hey thanks for showing me where tigers live. its for my report

Jan 23, 2010THX
by: Kiley

thx for the info. i used the photo of where the tiger is found as well as where it actually is THX!!!

Jan 12, 2010yay
by: Chocolate thanks for the info!

Nov 12, 2009Thank you
by: Anonymous

hey thanx for the great info for my project

Oct 18, 2009Thinking
by: Micheal

Finn, we think the same way. Many others do and many others inexplicably don’t. I find the world bemusing.

Sep 24, 2009A great asset for the Amur Region
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Thank you for the wonderful pictures of the Amur Tiger here and also in the Siberian Tiger picture. It’s such a beautiful cat with a great charisma – when alive!
I simply don’t understand why anybody would kill it and nail it’s skin to his wall. Why can’t they just contend with watching, but need to own it?
A full sized photo of a live tiger in the snow is much more impressive than a piece of dead fur. And “shooting” this cat with a camera in the wild a lot braver than with a gun.
Some fine day when tourism hits the Amur Region the tiger will be a great asset – provided that it’s still there…

Sep 20, 2009Great Picture
by: Michael (PoC Admin)

Here’s a nice photo of a young Siberian

Siberian tiger in the snow

Tiger in the snow: Picture by flickkerphotos (new window)

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