Totally purrrrfect Amur tiger duo
June 5, 2013 § Leave a comment
We are delighted to announce the birth of two Amur tiger cubs at the Highland Wildlife Park. Born to first time mother Dominika on 28 May 2013, the rare litter appears to be thriving.
Although an important birth for the Park, these new arrivals have much wider implications for the overall ultimate survival of this vulnerable species.
Una Richardson, Head Keeper at the Highland Wildlife Park, comments:
“We could not be more delighted that our female Amur tiger Dominika has given birth to two beautiful cubs. Every animal birth is special, but perhaps none more so than an Amur tiger birth. Extremely endangered, at one point it was thought only 50 of these big cats still existed in the wild. What makes the birth extra special for us is that Dominika was actually born here at the Highland Wildlife Park in May 2009 – one of three cubs born to female Sasha and male Yuri.
“We had hoped that male Marty, who arrived just over a year ago, would make a good mate for Dominika, and we are delighted to have been proved correct. The pair live and feed together in their enclosure, which is actually the largest in Europe, and have been spotted mating since the beginning of this year. The fact our tigers feel relaxed enough to breed and rear a litter in their home in the Highlands makes us extremely proud that we have created an environment for them that meets their needs.
“Things do not always go smoothly with big cats and their first litter; however Dominika has taken well to being a mother, just like her own mother (Sasha) before her. Sasha was a natural at parenting and Dominika will have learnt her skills from her. Everything looks very positive and the cubs look healthy and well.
“Dominika is off show at the moment. The cubs will also not be visible for around the next five weeks; we expect they will start to venture out by early to mid-July.”