A brand-new tiger territory has opened at Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire and is the first in the UK with a pool deep enough for big cats to be fully submerged.
Star of BBC Two’s ‘Big Cats About the House’ Giles Clark – who is also Director of Cats at the Park’s sister charity, The Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent – officially launched the enclosure on Saturday 3rd October.
The new territory – home to Amur tiger sisters Aleena and Siberia – features a pool full of koi carp and grass carp, making this the first mixed habitat for tigers in the UK.
A dedicated viewing area allows visitors to come face to face with the tigers as they swim, surrounded by the beautifully coloured fish, offering a totally unique experience.
“It was incredible to see the Amur tigers, Aleena and Siberia settled into their new home: Land of the Tigers!”, said Giles Clark.
“It is an absolutely fantastic habitat, which has put the animal’s welfare at the very forefront, as well as a focus on educating our public on the issues this species face in the wild. We need people to continue to visit zoos and sanctuaries to raise awareness for our planet’s wildlife and Land of the Tigers is the perfect place to see nature in all its beauty.”
In the wild, Amur tigers are under threat from habitat destruction, poaching and the illegal wildlife trade. Paradise wants Land of the Tigers to be a fun day out for the family but also a tool to help raise awareness for Aleena and Siberia’s wild cousins.
Paradise CEO Lynn Whitnall said, “We are very excited to be developing our tiger habitat in 2020. This will be the second brand new habitat in as many years following the success of our Lion Pride Lands.”
“Land of the Tigers will bring visitors closer to our beautiful tigers than ever before through the incredible underwater viewing part of the habitat. Amur tigers are endangered, so we hope for the patter of tiny paws in the years to come to further contribute to the European Breeding Programmes and continue to show our charities contribution to conservation both in the UK and around the world.”
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