China: 84 captive Siberian tigers born since March

HARBIN, China, June 17 (UPI) — A Siberian tiger breeding center in China this year has seen the birth of 84 of the endangered animals, it was reported Sunday.

The 84 cubs all have been born since March at the Hengdaohezi Feline Center in Harbin, reported Xinhua, China’s official news agency.

Thirteen other pregnant Siberian tigers are expected to give birth by October to between 20 to 30 cubs, Xinhua said.

The center is the world’s largest Siberian tiger breeding facility. It opened in 1986 with eight tigers and now has 750 tigers.

Also known as Amur or Manchurian tigers, Siberians are among the world’s 10 most endangered species and live mainly in northeast China and far eastern parts of Russia. Scientists estimate no more than 400 remain in the wild.

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