Jegor, the Siberian Tiger, has arrived

That Jegor belongs to one of the biggest of all living cat species was in no doubt when the Siberian tiger arrived at Munich Zoo on Friday morning, 19 July. Displaying his power and confidence but also an innate alertness and readiness for anything, the tiger exited his transport container to explore his new home. For the moment that is just the internal enclosure; only after he’s settled in for a few days will Jegor be allowed outside.

Jegor was born on 6 November 2011 as part of a three-cub litter at Cologne Zoo. His two sisters are still living with their mother in Cologne. As a dominant loner the almost fully-grown tiger will at first live on his own at Hellabrunn. At 20 months old Jegor is a very imposing male tiger with a calm temperament. There are no plans to breed from him for the time being. Just four months ago Munich’s last tiger, Nureyev, died at the advanced age of 17.

“With Jegor’s arrival, Hellabrunn once more has a stately tiger. This attractive big cat was brought to Hellabrunn from Cologne under the auspices of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP),” said zoo director, Dr. Andreas Knieriem.

Today there are fewer than 500 critically endangered Siberian tigers living in the wild in an area from the Sea of Japan to North Korea, China and Russia.