International Tiger Day

Every year on July 29 the International Tiger Day is celebrated around the world. This holiday was established in 2010 at the International Forum "Tiger Summit".

Nikolaev zoo annually holds events dedicated to the world's largest cat, during which children and adults will learn a lot of interesting things about the striped giants.

The tiger is a species of carnivorous mammal of the feline family, one of four representatives of the genus panther, which belongs to the subfamily of large cats. The word "tiger" is derived from the other – Greek, which means "sharp; fast".

Among the representatives of this species there are the largest feline animals. The tiger is one of the largest land-based predators, second only to polar and brown bears. Nine subspecies of the tiger were identified, of which only six were preserved by the beginning of the twenty-first century. Unfortunately, no more than 5 thousand individuals survived in the wild, and this number continues to decline steadily. Thus, over the past century, the number of these animals has decreased by 25 times. And today, tigers are endangered. In most cases, they become victims of poachers. And this problem worries the environmental communities of the whole world, including our country.

Our zoo contains a group of Amur tigers: male Helios and two female sisters Agrippina and Penelope, who were born here.

In the twentieth century the tiger is listed in the IUCN Red List and, as of 2014, tiger hunting is prohibited all over the world.