The son of the Amur tiger from Primorsky krai was sent to the bride in the UAE
A tigress from the Novosibirsk zoo also arrived at the destination
/NOVOSTIVL/ Specialists of the Primorsky Safari Park sent the Amur tiger Sherkhan to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to restore the population under the breeding program of this rare species. This was reported in the institution. The male is the son of the Amur tiger, who was friends with the goat Timur.
"Sherkhan was sent to breed. His tigress-a reproductive pair-arrived in the United Arab Emirates from the Novosibirsk zoo. We wish young tigers to give birth to healthy cubs. The living conditions for the tigers are made comfortable, " the report says.
It is specified that the tiger was going to be sent in the spring of 2020, but due to the closure of borders due to the coronavirus pandemic, the flight was postponed until the fall. Preparation began a few months before the shipment. The Amur tiger was trained in advance in a transport cage, putting food there. When loading, the male did not have to be immobilized with sleeping pills.
"Sherkhan was raised by people, so it is much easier to transport him than a non-tame tiger. He behaves calmly during the trip, not attaching extreme importance to this event," the report says.
In 2015, the Park became famous for the history of friendship between the Amur tiger and the Timur goat, which was brought to the predator as live prey. Timur rebuffed Amur and attacked himself, and soon took the tiger for the leader and followed him everywhere. This story was followed by the media around the world for several months. Then both animals got offspring. Sherkhan was born to Amur and Ussuri tigress, but the mother refused to feed the kitten and all the functions of feeding and upbringing were taken over by Safari Park specialists.
Primorsky Safari Park is a participant in international breeding programs for rare species, including the Amur tiger conservation project. When the animals reach puberty, males and females are sent for further reproduction after approval. Such animals are considered a reserve gene pool and their offspring can potentially be returned to the wild if necessary. The transfer of animals is free of charge.