Endangered Tiger Makes her Zoo Debut

Arrives from the Bronx Zoo

Susan Rose
December 13, 2019 - 10:38 am
Zhanna the Amur Tiger



Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Zhanna the Amur tiger made her public debut at tht Buffalo Zoo on Friday, the 13th.

The 11 year old tiger arrived from the Bronx Zoo.  The Association of Zoos and Aquariums recommended the Buffalo Zoo for Zhanna as part of the Tiger Species Survival Plan. 

“Zhanna will serve as an important ambassador to continue to educate our community about endangered species and what we can do to help protect them,” said Norah Fletchall, President and CEO of the Buffalo Zoo.

Zhanna's arrival marks the return of the iconic species to Buffalo.  Earlier this year, the Buffalo Zoo's beloved Tamari passed away.

The Amur tiger is one of the largest cats in the world and it is estimated that there are fewer than 500 that remain in the wild. 

Due to poaching, habitat loss, conflict and disease, Amur tigers are one of the most endangered animals onm the planet.

Guests can see Zhanna in the Big Cat exhibit daily, but she may not always be visible as she becomes acclimated to her outdoor habitat.


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