Marwell Zoo in Hampshire welcomed a magnificent new arrival this week after an endangered female Amur tiger travelled across Europe to the 140-acre wildlife park.
Valentina arrived from Hodonin Zoo, Czech Republic as a companion for the wildlife park’s male tiger Bagai. Keepers hope the two young tigers will get along and produce a family in the near future..
Found in the Russian far east and north-eastern China, Amur tigers are endangered with less than 500 believed to remain in the wild due to extensive habitat loss and poaching.
Ian Goodwin, Animal Collection Manager at Marwell, said: “We are excited to welcome Valentina to Marwell. She’s settling into her new home well and she’s had some positive interaction with Bagai with lots of sniffing and chuffing through the fence. Valentina is a young animal and we hope one day that she may mother cubs to help secure the future of this species.”
Marwell Zoo, owned by global conservation charity Marwell Wildlife, is home to more than 140 species including snow leopards, white rhinos, and Rothschild’s giraffe. For information on visiting go to www.marwell.org.uk