Striking orange and black stripes on white, the Siberian tiger is most easily seen during winter in far east Russia; when the ground is covered in thick snow, the trees delicately balancing bright powder on thin branches.
Exploring here is intrepid, wild and very remote, and seeing a Siberian tiger is far from guaranteed. During winter their tracks run deep in the snow, allowing us to follow their footsteps and explore the land they call home. Enjoy hiking and snowshoeing, staying in basic accommodation which outs you in the heart of Siberia, in the right place at the right time to see these magnificent mammals.
Our Siberian tiger safari is all about being in the same habitat of these magnificent big cats. We put you in the right place at the right time to capture footage of them in their natural habitat, and explore their terrain. The camera traps are very important for estimating the tiger population figures and on this trip you will learn first-hand about the conservation efforts to protect these endangered animals.
Siberian tigers, also known as Amur tigers, are the largest cats on earth. Not much is known about them as evidenced by the fluctuating statistics from different sources. An adult male has an average length of 13.1 feet including the tail, and typically stands at 3.28 feet tall. They usually weigh between 180 to 300 kilos, and females are much smaller usually weighing between 100 and 166 kilos.
To survive the cold temperatures of the Taiga, Siberian tigers have a thicker coat than their cousins from the south, especially around their paws and neck where they have a small mane. The fur is a lighter shade of the standard orange colour, turning slightly paler during winter.
There is a common misconception that Siberian tigers are white (or turn white) like most animals that live in Arctic regions. However, white fur is a genetic defect only found in Bengal tigers. This defect is actually detrimental to any tiger born with it as the gene also causes them to be cross-eyed. On top of this, every white tiger that exists today is the product of inbreeding.