Nobel, a 17-year-old Amur tiger being kept at the Yerevan Zoo, died today of old age.
The tiger, born at Russia’s Kalingrad Zoo in 2001, was brought to Yerevan in 2005.
Amur tigers are said to live to the age of fifteen in the wild and up to 25 years in captivity.
Amur (Siberian) tigers, listed as an endangered subspecies, were once found throughout the Russian Far East, northern China and the Korean peninsula.
Hunted to the brink of extinction, the subspecies was saved when Russia became the first country to grant the tiger full protection. Continued conservation and antipoaching efforts by many partners—including the WWF—have helped keep the population stable at around 540 individuals.