Tiger Clubs Born on the 14th June are now 8 weeks old and are very healthy and strong reports Colchester Zoo.
Staff at the Zoo are pleased to also announce that the tiger cubs have now been named! Visitors were asked to help them decide on the cub’s names; keepers chose their favourite names and visitors at the zoo voted for their favourite by offering a donation against the name of their choice. The 3 names that raised the most donations were the ones which were chosen!
The brothers have been named Mischa & Pasha whilst their sister has been given the name of Tatana meaning Father’s daughter. The smaller of the two boys has taken the name of Pasha as this means small and humble whereas the larger of the two was named Mischa which means lord like. All their names originate from Russia as Amur tigers are from the Russian far-east.
Those who voted raised over £1,200.00 for the Zoo’s chosen charity, Action for the Wild. The charity help support the Amur tiger conservation project, Wildlife Vets International (WVI). For more information about WVI please visit www.actionforthewild.org.
As well as being named the cubs also took their first steps outside on Saturday 27th July! Mischa was the cub who ventured out first closely followed by mum Taiga keeping a close eye on him. Pasha and Tatana waited until the afternoon to discover the outdoors but Tatana let her brothers lead the way and continued behind cautiously but inquisitively. Tatana is the shy one of the three and is much more reserved but the two boys are very playful and adventurous once outside. Mischa follows mum Taiga everywhere and therefore is the one who has explored their outdoor area the most with his siblings staying closer to their indoor den.
After their first day of exploring the animal care team said the cubs spent the majority of the next day inside sleeping – exhausted from their big day out!
Although to begin with they only explored a small part of their outdoor area, they have since gained more confidence and are coming out more often discovering more of their home each time.
The cubs have access to the smaller of the two outdoor areas. Whilst they are still small and finding their feet the water level will be kept low in the pool but the keepers will continue to put out various enrichment for them to enjoy and to keep them cool throughout the summer.
These 3 tiger cubs are extremely important as Amur tigers are currently listed as endangered on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List do these new arrivals are amazing news for their species population.
Amur tigers come from the Amur Region along the eastern border between China and Russia with their habitat containing some of the coldest areas in the world. They are also known as Siberian Tigers and are the largest and palest of all tiger subspecies.