Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica)
The Siberian tiger is the largest, heaviest and most northernmost of the remaining Tiger sub-species and has the lowest genetic diversity of all the remaining sub-species. Male and female Siberian tigers can weigh up to 320kg and 160kg, respectively, and have a head-tail length of 3.3m for males and 2.6m for females. The Siberian tiger is currently listed as ‘Endangered’ by the ICUN, since it was downgraded from its ‘critically endangered’ listing in 2008. There is thought to be less than 400 individuals remaining throughout the entire world. There is no evidence of the Siberian tiger ever establishing feral, non-naturally occurring, populations outside of their native geographical range. Siberian tigers are not known to have caused any significant impacts to the environment and/or agriculture, however it is known that when their natural prey source becomes scarce, Siberian tigers will turn to hunting domestic livestock as a source of prey.
The Technical Assessmant Panel (TAP)
assessed Panthera tigris altaica as being highly dangerous to
humans, having a low establishment risk and a moderate
consequence of establishment (risk that an established population would cause
harm) if they established in Tasmania. Consequently, the TAP assessment
concluded that the risk posed by importing Panthera tigris altaica into Tasmania is serious and therefore approval to
import and keep this species should therefore be granted for only those
Wildlife Exhibition Licence holders approved to keep serious threat species.
Siberian Tiger Risk Assessment (145Kb)