#CatFactMonday#Amurtigers are one of the larger tiger sub-species. The average weight for males is 160-190 kg, while females are smaller, at 110-130 kg. Males, females and cubs can be distinguished by their tracks: a male’s paw pad measures 10.5 – 14.5 cm across, a female’s 8.5 – 9.5. cm, and a cub’s – from 5.5 – 10 cm. Male cubs, after one year, usually have paw measurements already larger than their mothers.
Amur tiger coat colour is a lighter orange than other tiger sub-species and becomes even more so in winter. Their coat is longer and thicker than other sub-species because of the colder climate and they have a thick mane around the neck and extra fur on their paws, which protects them against the cold.
The Amur tiger’s range once included former Manchuria in China and the Korean peninsula. The Amur tiger has since become extinct in South Korea, and while its status in North Korea is unknown, it is unlikely that more than a few, if any, animals remain. In China, the Amur tiger is dependent on the small source population in the Amur leopard’s range across the border in SW Primorye in Russia. #bigcats#worldslargest#amurtiger
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@FransLanting While tracking cheetahs in Kenya for @NatGeo, I got to know a coalition of three brothers known as Honey’s Boys who hunted in a portion of the Maasai Mara visited by many tourists. These males grew up in public and have been photographed countless times. They acted like stars—and they were. When one of them bounded up the trunk of a magnificent fig tree to look out over the plains I maneuvered myself to silhouette the cheetah against the sky for a graphic juxtaposition of cat and tree. Even on the celebrated Serengeti Plains, cheetahs are rare. While there are several thousand lions, fewer than three hundred cheetahs manage to survive. Check the links below to learn more about the organizations that are in the frontline of cheetah conservation and how you can help. This image is featured in our new book “Into Africa," which has just been released. It is based on the NatGeo exhibition with the same name. Follow me @FransLanting for more images and stories of wild Africa and to learn more about the book.
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Today is my 5th birthday 🎂 to celebrate in honour of this occasion I'm also posting my 100th Instagram post. I'll be celebrating later with treats and Marmite (weird cat cravings). Thanks to all my lovely furry followers.