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100 tiger cubs expected

SOME 100 cubs were expected to be born in the world's largest Siberian tiger artificial breeding center in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province in 2010, or the year of the tiger in China.

The first heavy snow on November 13 in the provincial capital Harbin City made more than 400 Siberian tigers in the park excited, Liu Dan, chief engineer of the Heilongjiang Siberian Tiger Park, said yesterday.

The Siberian tiger has a three-month pregnancy period and always gives birth at the end of spring and the beginning of summer.

The park is the world's largest breeding base for Siberian tigers. It was established in 1986 together with the Hengdaohezi Feline Breeding Center. The tiger population has grown from eight to about 800.

Siberian tigers, also known as Amur or Manchurian tigers, are among the world's 10 most endangered species and mostly live in northeast China and far eastern Russia. They are estimated to number approximately 400 in the wild, of which 20 or so live in northeast China.


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