Toronto Zoo Amur Tiger Exhibit Opens
With only 500 Amur tigers left in the wild, the Toronto Zoo is pleased to announce the opening the endangered Amur Tiger Exhibit. The endangered Amur tiger, the largest of all tigers, is returning to the Zoo after a five-year absence. The Amur Tiger Exhibit, formerly the Giant Panda Experience, is located within the Eurasia Wilds section and will be home to two Amur tigers, female “Kira” and male “Vasili”.
Kira, which means “mistress or ruler” is six-years-old and was born at Calgary Zoo. Vasili, which means “royal or kingly” is the brother of Kira and also six-years-old. Vasili arrived in Toronto from Assiniboine Park Zoo but was born at Calgary Zoo.
Vasili is best described as a smart tiger with a relaxed personality. He readily engages with daily training sessions with Wildlife Care Staff and thoroughly enjoys playing hard and destroying all of his enrichment items on a regular basis! Kira can be described as having a more discernible personality, different from Vasili, Wildlife Care has worked diligently to earn her respect. Kira’s favourite enrichment activity is anything that is placed within a tube. She enjoys throwing the tube around her exhibit to see what Keepers have hidden inside for her!
The Toronto Zoo is part of the Amur Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP), which aims to establish and maintain healthy, genetically diverse populations, and overall conservation efforts to save this incredible species. One of the Toronto Zoo's mandates is to educate visitors on current conservation issues and help preserve the incredible biodiversity on the planet. The Toronto Zoo supports tiger conservation efforts in the wild through the Toronto Zoo Endangered Species Reserve Fund.
Amur Tiger Exhibit reopens on October 26, 2018. Find out more at www.torontozoo.com.