First Births in 2014
Written by Aurélie, on May 1, 2014
We are pleased to annount that our 2 young Siberian tigers, Altes (the female) and Arés (the male) can now be seen in their enclosure.
Born in January, the two tiger cubs made their first appearance in their new enclosure a few days ago, under the watchful eyes of their parents, Zeus and Aliba.
Like many big cats, Siberian tigers have their own European breeding programme. Below is a brief reminder of the principle of these programmes.
Since the 1970's, zoos consider the wild animals they keep as important individuals which must be protected. Thanks to this awareness, they are working together internationally for the protection of endangered species through these breeding programmes. This is what we call EX-SITU CONSERVATION, i.e. conservation outside the natural habitat.
These programmes are coordinated on an international level, according to sound biological principles, with the purpose of maintaining or restoring viable populations in the wild.
They have been extremely important for the growth of captive populations, as well as maintaining a consistent genetic heritage. Nowadays, captive populations are generally sufficient for a possible reintroduction into the wild, because reproduction is only the manifestation of a physiological need to reproduce. Births in a zoo are therefore nothing exceptional for the majority of species today.
The Siberian tiger is the largest cat in the world, but also very endangered. There are only 400-450 individuals remaining in Russia, despite strong protective measures. It currently has one of the best managed and most prestigious breeding programmes, with approximately 450 animals in captivity.
You can see 20 tigers at the Parc des Félins, including 2 pairs in 6 separate enclosures. Isha and Tondi, our pair of Sumatran tigers, have freshly arrived at sexual maturity but have not yet reproduced. Zeus and Aliba, our pair of Siberian tigers, live in a vast 1 hectare enclosure.
The Role of Ambassador
The tiger is an iconic animal in Asia. For educational purposes, it is therefore important to teach people about the conditions of this majestic animal, and what better way to do so than in the company of tiger cubs frolicking in their enclosure.
So don't waste any time and come and see them in the morning and at the end of the day in their vast woodland enclosure.