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Female Sumatran Tiger arrives at Wellington Zoo

19 June 2014

Female Sumatran Tiger arrives at Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo is delighted to welcome a young female Sumatran Tiger, three-year old Senja, who has travelled from Mogo Zoo in Australia. Visitors will be able to see her in Wellington Zoo’s Tiger habitat in the Asia precinct from today.

Senja will live next to Wellington Zoo’s male Sumatran Tiger, Rokan, and another male will arrive at the Zoo later this year to form a breeding pair with Senja.

’Wellington Zoo is proud to be part of the regional breeding programme for Sumatran Tigers,’ said Wellington Zoo Chief Executive, Karen Fifield. “Senja is one of most genetically important Sumatran Tigers in the region, and she will make a valuable addition to the conservation breeding programme.”

Sumatran Tigers are critically endangered, with less than 500 remaining in the wild. Wellington Zoo is proud to support 21st Century Tiger, a zoo-based conservation initiative that supports wild tiger populations around the world.

Visitors will have a chance to see Senja, and learn more about her and Sumatran Tigers this weekend for our Tiger Celebration Weekend. Come along 10am–2.30pm on Saturday andSunday for tiger talks, games, face painting, and other fun tiger-themed activities. Money raised by donations on the day will go directly to 21st Century Tiger.

About Wellington Zoo
Wellington Zoo is New Zealand's first Zoo, established in 1906, and is Wellington’s oldest conservation organisation. Home to over 500 native and exotic animals, Wellington Zoo became a charitable trust in 2003.

Wellington Zoo became the world’s first carboNZero certified zoo in May 2013.

Wellington Zoo is an accredited member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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