Conservation - Preservation - Keeping the Siberian Tiger Alive is a domain operated by the North American Altaica Association.

Altaica is the subspecies name for Siberian or Amur tigers, the full name being Panthera Tigris Altaica.  A common misconception is that the Siberian/Amur "Snow Tiger" is white. While Siberians are buit for living in the snow, they have never shown the trait of having a fully white coloration. Siberians have a deep orange colored coat, even in winter. White tigers are all decended from India's Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris Tigris). For more information on white Bengal Tigers, visit Five Tigers, a site operated by Save The Tigers Fund.

Bengal Tigers live in India, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Banladesh, and China, while their larger Siberian cousins live in Russian Siberia, far northern China, and North Korea.

Right now, wild tigers everywhere are highly endangered. In the last 100 years, the population of wild tigers in the world has gone from over 100,000 to something under 5000 today. Of eight subspecies we had in 1900, there are only 5 surving today. Of all the surviving subspecies in the wild, only Bengals have a population greater than 500. It is believed that there may be as few as 150 Siberian tigers remaining in the wild.

The North American Altaica Association is looking for qualifying facilities and programs that support preservation of the Siberian tiger in captivity. We fund small grants to programs that are currently operating within the continental United States. We are currently exploring expanding our focus to include consideration for Siberian Tiger conservation and anti-poaching actions in the wild, as well as Bengal and Sumatran tiger conservation programs in captivity.

If you would like more information about our grants program, please visit our grants page. Application instructions and forms are available online.