New tiger exhibit at ZSL London Zoo
Building is underway for a brand new Sumatran tiger exhibit at ZSL London Zoo, opening in March 2013.
ZSL London Zoo's Sumatran tigers are two of only a few hundred left alive in the world.
Together with all the other Sumatran tigers in European zoos, they are vital ambassadors for their wild relations and for the forests of Asia, inspiring people to act to save the planet and helping zoos to raise funds.
Zoos with tigers have raised millions of pounds, funding half of the non-governmental tiger projects in Sumatra since 1998. We’re also conserving the gene pool so that if the wild tigers ever need supplementing from zoo stocks, we can do it; but with your help, we’re going to make sure things never get that bad.
Sarah Christie, ZSL's tiger expert, explains the global tiger situation:
"It is now or never for tigers, with unprecedented government and public attention focused on them in this Year of the Tiger 2010, and you can help.
"You can help us work with Asian governments to balance economic development with conservation of their wildlife and their forests, help us stop the illegal trade in tiger parts, help us ensure future generations can be amazed by a tiger up close in their local zoo as well as grow up in a world where wild tigers still prowl the jungles of Asia.
"Zoo tigers are a crucial source of conservation support for their wild relations. Help us to build a new Ambassadorial residence for the tigers here in London, and you will also be helping them, and us, to continue our work to save tigers in the wild, our work raising tiger funds from zoos around the world, our work to ensure that whatever happens, there will always be tigers in the world.
"Look a tiger in the eye in central London, and be glad that tigers still roam in the wild."
Planned new exhibit
The questions and answers below outline the plans for our new tiger exhibit:
Where is the new tiger exhibit going to be?
The footprint of the new enclosure will lay over the building behind the African Bird Safari (formerly the stork and ostrich house), anoa paddock, pygmy hippo pool and its adjacent, now unused, tiered seating and animal housing areas.
What will it look like?
Our aim is to re-create a lush Indonesian rainforest in the heart of urban London for our Sumatran tigers.
How big will it be?
The proposed new tiger enclosure will total over 2,400m2. This is over five times bigger than the current enclosure.
How will the development be funded?
ZSL is contributing £1 million towards the development from its capital reserves. The remaining £2 million is being raised through voluntary donations.
Our Development team are fundraising as we speak to help make this development a reality through companies, charitable trusts and individual donors.
We’ll be in touch with all our supporters to request their support in the near future. Watch this space for more news on our forthcoming fundraising tiger campaign. You can also register your interest in supporting this project at firstname.lastname@example.org
When will the new exhibit arrive at ZSL London Zoo?
The exhibit will launch Easter 2013.
ZSL's wild tiger conservation work
ZSL has conservation projects protecting these large charismatic carnivores.
Tigers are at the top of the food chain and are often the first to suffer when there is pressure on the environment.
These top predators need large home ranges and so their conservation requires careful management of whole landscapes.
Two-thirds of carnivore species are currently threatened by habitat loss and degradation, trade in wildlife parts and direct conflict with humans.