Tiger cubs at Whipsnade
Wednesday 25 July 2001
CROUCHING TIGERS, HIDDEN AT WHIPSNADE
Three bundles of stripy, wild cat mischief are making their mark as Whipsnade Wild Animal Park's newest arrivals. The three-month-old Siberian tiger cubs, yet to be named, are keeping their parents on their toes as they make their first playful explorations of Tiger Falls, their three-and-a-half acre enclosure.
This is not the first set of cubs for parents Boris and Wanda though, with their first success only two years ago when Kira and Kharlan were born, also as part of the European Endangered Species programme. Kharlan can be seen with the cubs at Tiger Falls and is relishing his new role as older brother.
At the moment the three delightful cubs are the size of a large domestic cat and are blissfully unaware that there are less than 600 Siberian tigers left in the wild and that over the last 50 years, three out of the remaining eight species of tiger have become extinct. Captive breeding at collections like Whipsnade is critical to the survival of these magnificent cats.
or Miranda Kennett-Scott, Whipsnade Wild Animal Park
Tel: 01582 872171
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