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06.06.14

Female tiger joins Jegor

Hellabrunn Zoo welcomed the arrival of a second Siberian Tiger on Thursday, 5 June. Jegor is delighted with the new girl in town.

Ahimsa is name of the Siberian beauty that arrived at Hellabrunn on Thursday, 5 June. After a smooth relocation from her former home at Duisburg Zoo in the Ruhr District, the female tiger is settling in quite nicely in her new Bavarian home on the banks of the Isar. The smooth transition was helped by the fact that the big cat is curious by nature - she is not afraid to discover new things.

 

In accordance with the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), no breeding activities are planned for Jegor and Ahimsa. To comply with the population management programme, Jegor was sterilised in March. The two tigers will be separated both in the indoor and outdoor enclosures until Ahimsa begins to show interest in him. As soon as the female tiger shows the first signs of being in heat, the Siberian couple will be left together. Prior to this, there is a danger that Jegor could react aggressively towards Ahimsa.

 

Tigers are solitary animals, but can be kept in pairs. "As Ahimsa and Jegor are still very young and playful, we do not expect any difficulties when they join each other. For now, the two will be housed separately, both indoors and outdoors, and will have to sniff each other from a distance," says interim zoo director Beatrix Koehler. Less than 500 of the critically endangered Siberian tigers live in the wild - from the coast of the Sea of ??Japan to North Korea, China and Russia. The Siberian tiger, also known as the Amur tiger, is a subspecies of tiger and belongs to the family of big cats.

 

Visitor information: Ahimsa needs time to settle in her new surroundings and will therefore not be available to the public for the time being.