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There are an estimated 5,000 tigers left in the wild. There are currently more Siberian tigers in zoos than in the wild.
Tigers are found primarily in the Russian Far East, with small population in areas of northern China and North Korea.
Tigers live in coniferous and hardwood forests that look very similar to the woodlands of the Tiger Mountain exhibit. All tigers have large territories and home ranges varying between 40 square miles to 400 square miles, but males tend to have larger ranges than females. Often a males territory will slightly overlap with several females.
Siberian tigers of the Russian Far East are larger than the Bengal tigers found in India – they have to have thicker fur and a layer of fat along their flanks to help protect them from freezing temperatures. Adult males average 9-11 feet in length and weigh between 450 and 600 pounds while adult females average 8-9 feet in length and weigh between 250 and 400 pounds.