Knowsley Safari in Merseyside will be launching their brand new £1.4 million Amur Tiger Trail to the public this Friday 25 May, just in time for half term.
The new 10,000 m2 habitat, the biggest development Knowsley has made since launching, will be home to big cat sisters Sinda and Bira. The pair has been busy exploring their spectacular new surroundings after recently moving in to the Tiger Trail enclosure.
Full-length glass panes allow visitors unique, up close viewing opportunities, while a Russian themed habitat offer the chance to learn all about the Amur tiger’s habitat, the threats they face and conservation of this endangered big cat. It is estimated that just 500 Amur tigers, the largest of the nine tiger subspecies, remain in the wild, with three species already extinct.
The new tiger facility at Knowsley Safari has been designed to enable breeding and contribute to the global breeding programme for the species.
Eveline De Wolf, Head of Living Collection at Knowsley Safari, says: “We’ve been developing our new tiger habitat for more than a year and can’t wait for guests to see it. It has been designed especially for Sinda and Bira, our Amur tigers, to provide an enriching home with a flowing stream, large natural ponds and mature trees.”
Edward Perry, Managing Director at Knowsley Safari, says: “This is the first major habitat development we’ve undertaken in recent years and it sets the standard of things to come at Knowsley Safari. As always, our starting point was to create an enriching and natural landscape for our Amur tiger sisters, Sinda and Bira to explore and enjoy.
“As well as creating a great environment for our sisters to thrive, we also wanted to bring our visitors a real taste of what makes the Amur Tiger different to other subspecies and educate them on the challenges they face in the wild – all through play and fun! We want this to be an active experience for our guests and so we’ve created lots of different activities around the habitat for them to explore and learn from.”
For more information on visiting Knowsley Safari, open 10am to 5pm daily, go to www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk.