New Tiger Territory Opens at London Zoo
Date Posted: 27/03/13
Animal lovers on London breaks should make sure they stop off for a visit at London Zoo, where they'll get the chance to see the new Indonesian-inspired Tiger Territory.
Officially opened by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh this month, the Tiger Territory is home to Sumatran tigers Jae Jae and Melati.
It is hoped the pair, who were matched by a global breeding programme for the critically endangered species, will produce the first cubs to be born at London Zoo for more than 15 years.
At a cost of £3.6 million, the new habitat represents the zoo's biggest investment since Gorilla Kingdom opened in 2007.
Tiger Territory is five times the size of the zoo's previous tiger enclosure, with towering trees and a custom-built swimming pool held within the 27,000 sq ft habitat.
With a wild population of just 300 individuals Sumatran tigers are among the world's most threatened species and it is hoped that London Zoo's breeding programme and research could play an important part in ensuring the animal's survival.
Posted by Danielle Masterson
London Tourism News
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