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April, 2014

   A chance to change
   A Vibrant Display From Trinity Academy Students
   Andrew Helps Students Brush Up Their Painting Skills
   Award Winning Pageant Mum
   College signs up at Station
   Council to get Doncaster cycling
   DMBC & Cast unite to celebrate the Borough’s Treasures
   Doncaster Schools Top In Cycle Competition
   Doncaster Skills Show Experience
   Editorial
   Exciting Easter Events at Potteric Carr
   Fundraising for SSAFA
   Hair Today Gone Tomorrow For Nadina
   Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
   LGA Gives Backing To Doncaster’s Adult Social Care Vision
   Lisa Does Time For Charity
   Living Seas Easter Boat Trips
   Lookout For Bluebells & Fairies In Yorkshire’s Woodlands!
   Mayor's Big Switch Saves Residents £80,000
   Meerkats & Leopards On The Move At Ywp
   More Than 130 Volunteers Express Interest In Running Libraries
   Music in the Round presents
   Nomination Period Begins For European & Local Elections
   Open day at Doncaster College
   Permit Scheme Cuts Road Works Woes By A Third
   Rare Amur Tigers United in the Hope of Breeding
   Rescuing seals with Scarborough SEA LIFE
   Sharing Heritage:£8,500 Heritage Lottery Fund grant
   Students Get Matchfit Again
   Students get political
   The Heilsberg 39
   Top Marks For The Outstanding Warmsworth Primary School
   Try out a WildWalk this Easter
   TV’s Mike Dilger is all set for the Spurn Migration Festival 2014
   Work On New Market & Public Square Underway
   Yorkshire Wildlife Park Celebrates Pre Easter Arrival

 
 
 
 
 
Title:Rare Amur Tigers United in the Hope of Breeding
Author:Yorkshire Wildlife Park 
ID & Publication:20140411037 ~ The-Villager.co.uk 
Area:Branton 
Subject:Environment 
 Yorkshire Wildlife Park (14kb)

Two of award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s endangered tigers have been introduced for the first time – in a bid to help save the species.

Female Tschuna, 3, has spent the last six months settling into a reserve in Land of the Tigers, the world’s most spectacular tiger enclosure.

Last week, she was finally united with visitor favourite Vladimir, 4, who has been at YWP for nearly three years.

Staff watched anxiously as the Amur Tigers came face to face for the first time. Despite being almost twice the size of his new mate at first Vladimir was terrified of her!

The Amur Tigers, which are critically endangered, were introduced to breed as part of a global campaign to save these magnificent animals.

With only about 450 left in the wild the pair will hopefully breed and help keep the tiger population of this endangered species fit and healthy.

YWP Director Cheryl Williams said. ‘We had been waiting for what we thought was the right time to introduce them. But it was a nerve-racking
time when we let them in together. You can't know for sure what will happen.

‘Tschuna was so tiny next to Vlad but she still made the first move and wanted to play. At first he was a complete wimp and was horrified’

‘Then he decided that she wasn't so bad after all and now they are getting on well.

‘We will now wait for them to get to know each other and hopefully they will breed within the coming year.

‘Both tigers have been handpicked for the best genetic diversity by the studbook keeper of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme
for the Amur Tiger. 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.’

Tschuna, rejected by her mother at birth, was originally hand reared at Wuppertal Zoo in Germany before moving to Dudley Zoo and then in
November last year into YWP’s purpose built reserve, which is over 4000m², part of the 9000m² Land of the Tigers.

The innovative enclosure opened in 2011, leaving visitors almost feeling a heartbeat away from nature as they observe the animals exploring the
waterfall and pools from a 150m walkway. It is specifically designed as a breeding facility for Amur Tigers.

Now rangers at YWP will be waiting expectantly to see if the pair breed over the next year.

Thousands of visitors watched the newly introduced tigers over the Easter bank holiday weekend, when the Park had its busiest Good Friday
and Easter Monday in its 5 year history. Visitors also enjoyed the park’s Easter egg trail and, as ever, coming almost face to face with
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 and
many many more.

Visitors also took advantage of the weather proof 600 sqm Monkey Playhouse to cool off from the sun with a drink in the 120-seated eatery.

Inside, all year round children can enjoy three levels of play equipment, including climbing frames, dens, slides and rope bridges - in
full view of the new baboon reserve through a glass wall.

Next door is the new Zoom Super Slide Barn, which has an Astra slide and two drop slides (height restrictions apply.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, located in Branton, 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.

For more information go to www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com.


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