Stephen W. Oachs Photography

"Tatiana (2003-2007)"

Siberian Tigers (panthera tigris altaica), the largest cat species in the world, are among the most majestic, powerful and elegant creatures on the planet. Tragically, these magnificent cats are endangered, with only 400-500 living in the wild.

The tiger in this photograph became famous when she was tragically killed after escaping her enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo. This photo was widely used by the news media, specifically and other NBC affiliates.

In this photograph, Tatiana is crouched -- ready to pounce on an unspecting toy. I took this rare moment to capture her strength, beauty and grace. She will be missed.



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