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|This shot was taken at the Bronx Zoo, in NYC.|
Species: P. tigris
Subspecies: P. tigris altaica
The Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) is a rare subspecies of tiger (P. tigris). Also known as the Amur Tiger, it is considered to be the largest of the 6 tiger subspecies.
The Siberian Tiger is critically endangered. In the early 1900s, it lived throughout the northeastern China, Korean Peninsula, northeastern Mongolia and southeastern Russia.
In 1922 they died out from South Korea (then under Japanese rule) and today, it is very rare in North 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 due 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.
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I really like this shot. The tiger looks a bit too sharp though, not that I'm complaining. Good show of the mouth/teeth. I like the eyes and his expression. There is a bright spot on the tiger's left that you might want to clone out. Other than that, I really like this. :)
Like the Tiger sharpness and the eye contact as they call it...
I would touch up for instance the noisy background, the little spot in the upper left corner.
Parabens pela BELA foto e seja MUITO BEM VINDO para o TN.
I love the way you have "cropped" your composition; however,
'vanderschelden' is right. The B/G is noisey.A tighter crop would do a lot of good.
Am enclosing a FULLY cropped image as an example.
Best regards from COLD COLD Calgary from Mario.