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One of the world’s rarest tigers was feeling Vlad all over as he tucked into a special meat birthday cake made in his honour.
Amur Tiger Vlad also got a giant birthday card to mark his fifth birthday that was celebrated at his home at the award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Visitors watched as a happy Vlad was presented with his gift - only for his girlfriend Tschuna to jump in to open it.
But staff at the Land of the Tigers, the world’s most spectacular tiger reserve, made sure Vlad still got to enjoy his birthday cake.
YWP Director Cheryl Williams said:’ He’s been with us for three years and is very popular with visitors.
‘It is fantastic to see him in such good health and prospering.
‘He is one of the rarest breeds of tiger in the world and we believe there are only 450 Amur Tigers left in the wild so being part of the global programme to save the species is so important.’
Vlad, who arrived at YWP in 2011,, is part of the European breeding project for Amurs and has just been introduced to three-year-old female Tschuna, who was born in Germany and came to the park in September, to breed.
The couple will be critical to the species’ long-term survival prospects and there are high hopes that the Land of Tigers, which visitors can observe close-up from an innovative 150-metre walkway, may soon be the home to Amur cubs.
Experts believe the 400 square metre reserve, with grasslands, ponds and a waterfall, will be a perfect place for Vlad and Tschuna to develop a relationship and rear a family.
‘We love to make a fuss over our animals and Vlad is no exception. He is such a character and a very sociable Tiger so visitors really adore him,’ added Ms Williams. ‘He enjoyed his birthday and the meat birthday cake went down a treat.
‘The early signs of Vlad and Tschuna’s relationship are good. She is about half the size of him but Vlad was a bit of a wimp to start with. But they are getting on well and hopefully they will breed over the next year.
‘It would be wonderful to have some cubs at Yorkshire Wildlife Park both for the Amur Tiger population and for visitors to the Park who donate a lot of money every year for tiger conservation in the wild through the Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance.’
Yorkshire Wildlife Park, which is located just outside Doncaster, is the UK’s fastest growing and most innovative wildlife attraction, offering the whole family a fun filled day all year round. It is home to some of the most endangered and beautiful animals on the planet.
The unique collection includes Amur Leopards, Painted Hunting Dogs, Lions, Giraffes, Meerkats, Wallabies, Camels, Giant Anteaters, Zebra andmany, many more.
For more information, visit www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com.
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