Zoo Animals

Amur tiger

Panthera tigris altaica

At the Detroit Zoo
Female Kisa – meaning “kitty” in Russian – was born at the Zoo in 2003. This big cat can be found in her habitat across from the red pandas.

Description
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.

Fun Facts

  • A tiger’s stripes act like its fingerprint as each stripe pattern is unique for each cat.

  • A tiger’s stripes are not only on the fur but also on its skin.

  • Tigers are one of the few species of cats to enjoy water.  The tiger at the Detroit Zoo can often be found splashing around in their waterfall or pool.