Russia is home to many interesting animals, including a few that are native to the country. Among these is the Amur tiger, which is the largest member of the cat family and the only one known to live in a snowy climate. This tiger is native to Russia, and lives in the Amur-Ussuri region of the Siberian Alps. The Amur tiger is nearly four feet tall at the shoulders, taller even than the Bengal tiger. Males reach more than ten feet in length and up to nearly 700 pounds. These tigers normally prey on wild boar
, but they seek other foods when boar are not available.
A species of boar is also native to Russia, called the Russian Boar. This animal grows to more than 500 pounds in weight and lives in the Siberian Alps and other areas. Boar are actually widespread across many parts of the world, and this is just one species. Russian Boar grow wild in remote parts of Russia, normally remaining in snowy areas. Boar have a vicious reputation, with razor sharp tusks and powerful legs. Boars are also known for their aggressiveness, and are considered dangerous. Few, however, live near human population.
The Eastern or Siberian Roe Deer is a species of deer that is native to Russia, but that is also found in China, Korea, and other parts of Asia. These animals grow to 90 pounds and are not considered endangered. These antlered animals can jump to approximately 40 feet in length, and live on a diet of grass, reeds, leaves, and berries. They are active in the twilight, and live in the woods and in grasslands. Eastern Roe Deer
live in Russia and throughout Asia, but there is also a Western Roe Deer
which is widespread in Western Europe.
Bears are native to Russia, too, though one tends to think more of the bear as a symbol of Russia or a favorite image used in cartoons and articles. In some cases, these depictions have been less than flattering, with the Russian bear image portrayed as oversized, clumsy, and barbaric. In the 1980s, the bear was commonly depicted as a symbol of Communist aggression.
Many other animals live in Russia, even despite its harsh climate. Many of them are transplants from other countries which have adapted themselves to the Russian landscape. The endangerment of species continues in Russia just as in other countries, and measures are taken there to protect endangered animals.