Big Cats

Big Cats at Woburn Safari Park

 

Enter through the double security gates into the Kingdom of the Carnivores on the Road Safari and you'll find yourself driving through the homes of the Amur tiger and African lion

Experience an unforgettable adventure as you drive into the homes of these powerful big cats and see them up close from the comfort of your own car!

Amur Tigers

The Amur tiger is the largest of the big cats and they are renowned for their power and strength. 

Woburn Safari Park is home to one female Amur tiger called Minerva and one male called Dmitri. The pair live within a nine-acre drive-through enclosure in the Road Safari, where they have access to shady areas for the height of summer and a house with an overnight space.

African Lions

Lions are social animals that live in family groups and Woburn Safari Park is home to a large pride of 10 lions, four of which are youngsters that were only born during 2020.

Woburn's pride of African lions live in a 32-acre reserve, giving them more freedom to roam and exercise in a larger space than many zoos offer.

Tiger Facts

 

What do tigers eat?

Tigers are carnivores so they have an all-meat diet. They will typically gorge at their feed and will eat enough in one sitting to last them for three to four days.

In the wild, their diet consists largely of wild boar and various species of deer but if food is scarce they will resort to eating smaller creatures including rodents and small birds.

Why do tigers live alone?

Tigers are solitary and incredibly territorial animals, with the exception of mothers and their cubs. Unlike lions tigers do not remain together in family groups, instead, once the cubs have matured they will move on to establish their own territories.

Where are tigers found in the wild?

Tigers can live in very diverse habitats from swamps to grasslands, savannahs and rainforests.

How many subspecies of tigers are there?

There are six sub-species of tigers left alive today; the Bengal tiger, Siberian (or Amur) tiger, Sumatran tiger, Malayan tiger, Indochinese tiger and South China tiger.

Why are tigers important?

Tigers are referred to as an 'umbrella species' as they help to keep the environment they live in healthy.

As top predators, tigers help to maintain a healthy number of herbivores; without tigers there, the herbivores would overgraze and damage the land.

 

Why are tigers hunted?

The main threat that tigers face is poaching. There are a number of myths about tigers that mistakenly suggest their bones, claws, teeth and other body parts have healing benefits, which makes their body parts extremely valuable on the black market. Their skins and pelts are also popular within the fur trade industry.

Why are tigers endangered?

Tigers face a number of threats out in the wild, with the biggest one being poaching for their bones, claws, teeth, fur and other body parts.

But tigers are also under threat due to habitat loss. As more land is claimed for urban and agricultural use, tiger territories are reduced and their food sources are affected. This means more tigers move into farmland, where they are at risk from farmers looking to protect their herds.

How many tigers are left in the wild?

It is estimated that there are less than 4,000 tigers left in the wild.

Which tiger is the biggest?

Amur tigers (sometimes referred to as Siberian tigers) are the biggest of the tigers, with males able to weigh up to 320kg and reaching around 3.3m in length.

In comparison, Sumatran are the smallest of the tiger subspecies with the males able to weigh about 120kg and reach 2.5m in length.

Are tigers bigger than lions?

Tigers are the world's biggest cats, they are bigger, longer and weigh more than lions.

Lion Facts

What do lions eat?

Lions are carnivores and they eat medium to large-sized hoofed animals including wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes.

How loud is a lion's roar?

The lion has the loudest roar of all the big cats. A male lion's roar can be heard from up to five miles away.

Where can lions be found in the wild?

Nearly all wild lions live in Africa, but one small population still exists in Western India.

What habitats do lions live in?

Lions are most commonly found in grasslands, scrub or open woodlands, but they can also live in most habitats aside from tropical rainforests and deserts.