Siberian Tiger Park In Harbin, China
While attending the Harbin Ice Festival we also visited their Heilongjiang Siberian Tiger Park. The Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin is the world’s largest. Located on the north bank of the Songhua River the 355 acre park facilitates 500 captive Siberian tigers. However, only 100 are visible to the park visitors. Conveniently, the Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin is located in close proximity to the other local winter attractions such as Harbin Polarland and Harbin Ice and Snow World.
Park visitors are able to observe the tigers while being transported by bus through the separate tiger habitat enclosures. The tigers are separated into 10 areas within the park according to their age and seniority. Additionally, the park features interactive areas where visitors can walk through and view the tigers in close proximity. Also, for an additional fee visitors can even feed live chickens to the hungry Siberian tigers! Other feeding options include having a cow or sheep turned loose in the tigers area to watch them kill and eat it.
Feeding the Siberian Tigers
After arrival at the park, we got our entrance tickets and then proceeded to board the bus. Fortunately, the bus had large picture windows for excellent viewing. Also, the bus was well heated!! This was a very important aspect for our comfort and also survival. However, the tigers seemed quite comfortable out in the frozen environment. Our first Siberian tiger encounter was this fellow in the photo below.
Then to our surprise someone threw a live chicken in front of the tiger. This was completely unexpected by us and it certainly added to the excitement because we had never seen a tiger fed live prey before. This Siberian tiger made short work of it and it really was only a mouthful of feathers for the most part. However, the tiger really seemed to appreciate the treat!
Walking Area and Platform
After completing our bus tour through the tiger enclosures we were dropped off near the viewing platform. The viewing platform is an area where visitors can walk near the tigers and view them through a mesh wire fence. Additionally, live chickens were available for purchase. This once again added to the excitement because some of the visitors wanted to feed the tigers. There was a bit of teasing involved to get the tigers attention before the chicken was dropped into the tiger’s enclosure.
This lone tiger would soon have a lot of company when his pals realized it was feeding time!
Good luck chicken!
Better run for it!!
After a brief scuffle the chicken was equitably divided among about 20 Siberian tigers!
Siberian Tiger is an Endangered Species
Unfortunately, it is estimated that only 300 Siberian tigers are left in the wild. Clearly, the efforts that have been made in China to preserve this majestic animal have been significant. In addition, to the tiger park in Harbin there is a second Heilongjiang Siberian Tiger Park. It is located in Mudanjiang and it is a large breeding center called Hengdaohezi Siberian Tiger Park. Mudanjiang is about 355 kilometers to the northwest of Harbin. The Hengdaohezi Siberian Tiger Park holds about 300 Siberian tigers and it is the second largest tiger park China. Unfortunately, we were not able to visit the breeding center on this trip. Perhaps next time!
Sunset Over Songhua River Bridge in Harbin, China