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Sumatran tigers return to Twycross Zoo

Visitors to Twycross Zoo will be able to meet a pair of critically-endangered Sumatran tigers from this weekend as a new state of the art habitat is revealed.

Female, Jahly and male Sialang, both two-years-old, arrived from separate zoo’s in France last month. Since then, the big cats have been getting used to their new enclosure, which at 3,000m² is one of the largest purpose-built Sumatran tiger habitats in the UK. Visitors will get the chance to see both tigers up close and from all angles through a bespoke 15m² glass tunnel.

Matyas Liptovszky, Head of Life Sciences said: “We are delighted to welcome Jahly and Sialang to Twycross Zoo and our experienced animal and veterinary teams will be looking after them and helping them settle in before they meet our visitors from 13th July, for the Summer Holidays.

“It has been over 15 years since tigers were last at Twycross Zoo and we now look forward to being part of the European breeding programme, helping to support and grow this critically endangered species.”

The European breeding programme is essential in helping preserve the wild Sumatran tiger population which currently consists of less than 400 individuals left in Indonesia.

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This weekend, Twycross Zoo also launches BRICKLIVE Big Cats featuring 12 paw-inspiring LEGO® brick models of magnificent felines, including cheetahs, lions and tigers, made from 732,882 bricks. Entry included with zoo admission.

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