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[Zoonaute news] Rare tiger unveiled at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo


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[Zoonaute news] Rare tiger unveiled at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Message par Yoan le Sam 19 Oct 2013, 17:09

Publié le 1er février 2013

A rare Amur tiger has made his public debut at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

After travelling almost 2,000 miles to join the Zoo from Moscow just before Christmas, eighteen-month-old Botzman spent his first few weeks settling in behind the scenes before making his public debut this week.

Keepers have spotted the youngster, who weighs in at a hefty 158kg (25 stone), excitedly exploring his new paddock and playing in the last bit of snow as he investigates his new home.

Senior keeper Siobhan Sellwood-Brown said: “Botzman is settling in really well. He’s extremely lively and very inquisitive - it’s fantastic to see him enjoying his new surroundings. He’s a beautiful boy; visitors are fascinated by him.”

Botzman joins Whipsnade’s female Amur tiger, Anastasia, in their Tiger Falls enclosure where keepers are gradually introducing the pair before they meet each other properly in a few weeks’ time.

The Amur tiger, which is the biggest subspecies of tiger in the world, is endangered with only a few hundred left in the world. Botzman is an important part of the European Endangered species Programme (EEP) for Amur tigers, and it is hoped he will go on to breed at Whipsnade in the future.

ZSL has been involved in Amur tiger conservation in the Russian Far East since 1995 and has been running its own project in Lazovsky State Nature Reserve since 2006. ZSL's Amur tiger conservation project is focused on population monitoring, anti-poaching efforts, and increasing education and awareness


Amur tiger (Panthera tigris)
- There is only one species of tiger in the world but it is divided up into geographically separate groups called subspecies.
- The Amur tiger (also called Siberian Tiger) is one of the largest; it also has the lightest colour and the longest coat.
- Classed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals there are only an estimated 300 to 400 Amur tigers living in the wild due to hunting and forest destruction.
- The species were considered close to extinction in the 1960s but conservation efforts have helped the population climb.
- Amur tigers live in the Russian Far East and northeast China, in densely covered areas.
- Tigers are one of our planet’s top predators and a big tiger can take prey of up to one tonne in size. They can also take small animals like fish and frogs - but mostly they like to eat wild pigs and deer.

European Endangered species Programme (EEP)
The European Endangered species Programme (EEP) is the most intensive type of population management for a species kept in European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks. It is a tool used to manage conservation breeding programmes. Each species is managed by a studbook, and the studbook holder is responsible for pairing well-matched animals and recording details such as birth place and parentage to ensure a healthy and diverse population of animals.

Zoological Society of London (ZSL)
Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. Our mission is realised through our groundbreaking science, our active conservation projects in more than 50 countries and our two Zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

"Si les abeilles disparaissaient, l'homme n'aurait plus que quatre années à vivre"; Albert Einstein

« Le but d'un zoo est de ne pas tenir des animaux, mais d'assurer le futur des espèces »

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