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Paradise Wildlife say goodbye to Rocky

At nearly 20 years old Rocky was the oldest Amur tiger at Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire. Sadly, Rocky passed away on 11th January after being unwell for some weeks.

The young Rocky arrived at Paradise when he was just a little cub, after his mother rejected him at birth weighing just 2lbs. Paradise Wildlife Park owner Peter Sampson then hand reared him, with a little help from the staff, and Rocky soon became part of their family.

Rocky had been an ambassador for Paradise Wildlife Park since he was 6 month’s old and helped to raise 100’s of thousands of pounds for conservation work and for charities in the UK and beyond. Rocky was well know for his character and nature, and people travelled from all over the world to see him and to take part in his big cat experiences.

Rocky lived the last 4 years with his two beloved tiger companions, sisters Aleena and Siberia. In the wild, Amur tigers live from 8 to 12 years, and up to 20 years in captivity, a milestone Rocky would have reached in just a few weeks’ time.

If you have any photos and memories of Rocky from the past 20 years,  Paradise Wildlife Park would love you to share them – /

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Cub Rocky with Peter Sampson

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