An endangered female Amur tiger is the latest arrival at Marwell Zoo.
Valentina arrived at the 140 acre wildlife park from Hodonin Zoo, Czech Republic yesterday as a companion for the wildlife park’s male tiger Bagai.
Ian Goodwin, Animal Collection Manager at Marwell, said: “We are excited to welcome Valentina to Marwell. She’s settling in to 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.”
Amur tigers, found in the Russian far east and north-eastern China, are endangered with less than 500 believed to remain in the wild due to extensive habitat loss and poaching.
Marwell Zoo, home to more than 140 species including snow leopards, white rhinos, and Rothschild’s giraffe, is owned by Marwell Wildlife, a global conservation charity leading programmes in the UK, Africa and across the world.