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Siberian Tigers in Love

Siberian Tigers in Love
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K10D, Sigma 400mm/ 5.6 APO Tele Macro, Digital ISO 200, 77mm Tokina ATX MC Skylight 1b
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals Sex Life [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-11 17:09
Viewed: 12713
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Pantherinae
Genus: Panthera
Species: P. tigris
Subspecies: P. tigris altaica
Trinomial name: Panthera tigris altaica

The Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) is a rare subspecies of tiger (P. tigris). Also known as the Amur, North China, Manchurian, Ussuri, or Korean Tiger, it is arguably the largest of the 5 extant tiger subspecies.

Physical features
The Siberian tiger is typically only 3-4 inches taller at the shoulder than the Bengal Tiger.Old Males reach normally a head and body length of 190-220 centimetres (75-97 in). The largest male with largely assured references was 350 cm (138 in) "over curves" in total length.(The tail length in old males is about one metre.) Apart from its size, the Siberian Tiger is differentiated from other tiger subspecies by its paler fur and dark brown (rather than black) stripes. As well as for colour, their fur also differs by being thicker and longer in order to cope with the freezing temperatures of their habitat. Siberian Tigers vary, too, by having larger feet than most other sub-species to help facilitate movement through snow.

Although male Siberian Tigers commonly weigh up to 280 kilograms, an average male weighs around 230 kg. Weights up to 306 kg have been recorded and exceptionally large males of up to 384 kg are mentioned in the literature but, according to Mazak, none of these cases were confirmed via reliable sources. Females are normally smaller than males and weigh 100-167 kg,probably up to 180 kg (390 lb). The "Siberian Tiger Project", which has operated from Sikhote-Alin Zapovednik since 1992, found that 215 kg seemed to be the largest that they were able to verify, albeit from a limited number of specimens. At least one authority suspects that this is the difference between real weights and hunter's estimates. Dale Miquelle, program director of the Siberian Tiger Project, writes that, despite repeated claims in the popular literature that the Siberian is the largest of all tigers, their measurements on more than fifty captured individuals suggest that body size is, in fact, similar to that of Bengal tigers.

Distribution and population :
The Siberian Tiger is critically endangered. In the early 1900s, it lived throughout the northeastern China, Korean Peninsula, northeastern Mongolia and southeastern Russia. Today, it has virtually disappeared from South Korea and is largely confined to a very small part of Russia's southern Far East (the Amur-Ussuri region of Primorsky and Khabarovsky Krai). There are very few tigers in northeastern China and fewer still in North Korea. Captive breeding and conservation programs are currently active.

By the 1940s the estimated population was down to fewer than 50 in the Russian Far East, although some hundreds still populated neighbouring China. The number increased to more than 200 in 1982, although in China there are now thought to be no more than a dozen or so Amur tigers. Poaching has been brought under better control thanks to frequent road inspections.

A count, taken in 1996 reported 430 Siberian Tigers in the wild. However, Russian conservation efforts have led to a slight increase, or at least to a stable population of the subspecies, as the number of individuals in the Siberian Forests was estimated between 431 and 529 in the last count in 2005. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, the latest Russian Census reports put this number to be anywhere between 480 and 520 without including the small numbers of this subspecies present in mainland China.The Hengdaohezi Feline Breeding Centre in the northern Heilongjiang province of China plans to release 620 Siberian tigers, after its numbers have increased from 708 to 750.

Siberian tigers reach sexual maturity when they are 3 years old male and female. They mate any time of the year. A female shows that she is ready by leaving urine deposits and scratch marks on trees. The female is receptive for 3 of the 7 days that she wil

This shot has been taken at
Safaripark Beekse Bergen

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Lovely moment, Thijs! Great details and colors. Lovely pattern. Well exposed shot. Great timing.
Freddie :)

***** POV
***** Focus
***** Exposure
***** Composition
**** Impact
***** note

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-10-11 22:13]

even tigers have to do it once in a while..*g*
perfectly captured private moment, well composed with a good pov and nice details.
would be interesting to know if they were successfull.
well seen & done,thor.

Bonjour Thijs, magnifique photo pour de magnifiques animaux, les couleurs et les contrastes sont superbes, très bons détails et excellent point de vue, splendide composition très bien encadrée,

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-10-11 23:34]

hi mr,thijs,
wonderful moment,nice picture with good details,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-11 23:36]

Very good photo/ Focus, detail, POV, DOF e.t.c. - everything is wonderful

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-10-12 4:49]

Hi Thijs,
This is a rare shot to find in a zoo!! Great action shot!!!! :)
Lovely colors and great composition.
Very well done

Dag Thijs,
Perfecte composition met schitterende kleuren en bedankt voor de instructieve nota

bonjour thijs
vous etes vraiment rentré dans leur intimité,j'espere que cela ne les a pas perturbé.
une bonne image tres piquée.
bien vu.

Hi Thijs,
I think that copulation of Siberian tigers in a zoo is very rare. Probably zoo has similar condition with natural biotop.
You had a big chance to see and capture such a rare moment. Photo great with great details, sharpness, POV(DOF, colors. good notes also.
have a nice weekend

Hi Thijs,

I apologise for my long absence. The hectic pace of life leaves one little time for relaxation and hobbies.

These two seem to be having a lazy Sunday afternoon. :-) I like the picture, and also the note. Well done.


Hi. Thijs.
Good position. Oahh Yeahhh. Daha hizli daha hizli....

Dear Thiijs,
Thank you for sharing this impressive scene.

I have added your work to my theme "animals' sex life".

It is a pleasure to view your work because you refrained from photoshopping the image to death.

Greetings from South Africa,
Ingrid Shaul

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