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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Amur Tiger Is Back

The Amur tiger, the world's biggest wild cat, has pounced back from the brink of extinction to hit its highest population level in at least 100 years, the WWF said Thursday.

By the 1940s, the tigers had nearly died out and there were only about 40 surviving Amur tigers in their natural habitat in the wilds of the Far East.

But a census this year showed there were 480 to 520 Amur tigers living on the remote edge of Siberia, meaning the total world population was about 600, said Alexei Vaisman, head of the Russia WWF's anti-animal trafficking program. "Maybe in the mid-19th century there were more Amur tigers, but nobody can say for sure," he said. "At one time the tigers were very close to being extinct."