At the Detroit Zoo
Female Kisa – meaning “kitty” in Russian – was born at the Zoo in 2003. Male Kolyma – named for the region in Russia where the Amur tiger is found – came to the Zoo in 2011 as a mate for Kisa. Nicknamed Kol, he has a “flirty” personality and prefers female zookeepers to male. He can sometimes be seen dragging his favorite toy, the barrel, around the habitat. Kisa, by contrast, is scared of large toys and prefers to relax alone. She is said to have a sweet and loving personality. These big cats can be found in the Asian Forest across from the red pandas.
The Amur tiger is the largest member of the cat family and the largest of the five remaining subspecies of tiger. It is mostly orange with black stripes. It has white markings on its ears, abdomen, paws, muzzle, cheeks and above its eyes. Large teeth and sharp claws make it a deadly hunter.
Scientific name: Panthera tigris altaica
Habitat: Birch forests
Size: Up to 10 feet long; 3-4 feet tall at the shoulder
Weight: Up to 660 pounds
Diet: The Amur tiger is a carnivore and eats animals such as elk, wild boar and cattle.
Reproduction: Gestation 103 days; litter of three to four cubs
Lifespan: 14-16 years
Conservation Status: Endangered
A tiger’s stripes are not only on the fur but also on its skin.
A tiger’s stripes act like its fingerprint as each stripe pattern is unique for each cat.
Tigers are one of the few species of cats to enjoy water. The tigers at the Detroit Zoo can often be found splashing around in their waterfall or pool.
Detroit Zoo Amur Tiger in the News
The Detroit Zoo is home to two Amur tigers: Kisa, a 9-year-old female; and Kolyma, a 13-year-old male, who recently came to the Detroit Zoo from the Racine Zoo in Wisconsin (source: Daily Tribune)