The Amur or Siberian Tiger has been critically endangered for a long time. The largest of all big cats this mighty tiger lives in some of the most remote and inhospitable terrain on earth and yet even this does not guarantee him safety from poachers. Brought back from the brink of extinction when numbers were down to only 40 animals this magnificent animal has fought back and defied the odds. The population has increased to more than 500 which is wonderful news. It's heartening to know they are surviving but it's always a fragile victory as humans find ever more ways to exploit the environment. Illegal logging poses one of the greatest threats to tigers. Mining exploration has opened up roads into and through the tigers habitat which attracts the illegal activity that threatens this amazing cats future. Some of killed on the roads others poached as man encroaches into this snowy cold terrain. The world would lose one of the most magnificent of all animals if we lose the Siberian tiger.