The Amur tiger is the largest of all the big cats with adult males measuring up to 3 metres from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail. The largest ever recorded measured 4.17m!
Tigers are the largest of the big cats. At the turn of the last century there were more than 100,000 wild tigers but expanding human populations, habitat and prey loss along with poaching means that today as few as 3,500 tigers survive worldwide.
Once, tigers could be found as far west as Turkey and throughout China to the east. Having lost 93% of their traditional range tigers are now found in increasingly isolated pockets from snowy Russia in the north to the tropical forests of Sumatra in the south. Unlike lions, tigers tend to live and hunt alone.