Love is in the air at Woburn Safari Park this February half term, with the arrival of a beautiful pair of Amur tigers in the Kingdom of the Carnivores. In the month of love, keepers are hoping romance will blossom between tiger Elton and tigress Minerva.
Keepers are extremely excited about the new arrivals, as they are hugely important to the conservation of the Amur tiger species and particularly as Minerva is of significant genetic importance. The hope is these young animals will breed successfully at Woburn Safari Park.
Robert White, head of the Carnivores team at Woburn Safari Park said: ?We are very pleased to have a pair of tigers from the European Endangered Species Program (EEP).?
Jo Cook, Amur Leopard and Tiger Alliance Coordinator at EEP: ?Elton and Minerva have recently arrived at Woburn from other zoos participating in the EEP. Minerva in particular is one of the most genetically important tigers we have within the European programme and genetically makes a good pair with Elton. We hope they will go on to produce cubs of their own so their genes will continue in future generations.?
Lucky visitors to Woburn Safari Park this half term will have the chance to meet the playful pair in Kingdom of the Carnivores, as well as other new arrivals - Max, the Californian sea lion and the mob of meerkats in the new Desert Springs walk through enclosure.
A new tiger house was built in 2013, ready for the pair?s arrival. The house is sponsored by leading housebuilder Taylor Wimpey North Thames as part of a unique new corporate partnership with Woburn Safari Park that sees the firm invest in Woburn?s tigers as well as in fundraising for conservation and the future of this beautiful species.
Peter Gurr, Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey North Thames, which is currently building new homes at developments in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire said: ?We?re delighted to be sponsoring the new tiger house, and hope our support will help the safari park to continue its vital work in the conservation of this endangered species.?
Woburn Safari Park will be celebrating the 35th birthday of one it?s largest residents in February half term too!? Yu Zin one of the Asian elephant herd will be celebrating with a special birthday meet and greet at Elephant Meadow on the 17th February.? You can also buy a special VIP experience for a personal meet and greet Yu Zin on her birthday.? For more details see www.woburnsafari.co.uk/events