Tigers relocating to Va. Zoo to start a family

Tigers relocating to Va. Zoo to start a family

Credit: Virginia Zoo photo by Winfield Danielson.

Zoo veterinarian Dr. Amanda Guthrie listens to Tahan, a male Malayan tiger, while veterinary technician Leah Rooker keeps time and lead Asia zookeeper Jill Tarrant pushes intravenous fluids during an exam at the Virginia Zoo Nov. 13, 2012. Both of the Virginia Zoo's current tiger residents received an exam to ensure they remained healthy and were current on vaccinations in preparation for their move to the Naples Zoo in Naples, Fla.

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 10:38 AM

NORFOLK-- A new  pair of Malayan tigers will take up residence at the Virginia Zoo in the next few weeks.

Christopher, a one-year-old male Malayan tiger, will come from the San Diego Zoo and Clairborne, a two-year-old female, will come from the Bronx Zoo in New York.

"Christopher and Clairborne will help us establish a successful long-term tiger breeding program at the Virginia Zoo," said Greg Bockheim, the Zoo's executive director.

"Malayan tigers are endangered and we look forward to helping maintain a stable breeding population in North American zoos, and learning more about their behavior and how we might help their conservation worldwide," Bockheim said.

Kadar and Tahan, the Virginia Zoo's current resident tigers, will move to the Naples Zoo, in Naples, Fla., to make room for Christopher and Clairborne.

"Kadar and Tahan will be missed, but the Virginia Zoo's tiger facility was designed with breeding in mind, and we really need to take advantage of breeding capabilities whenever we can with threatened species like the Malayan tiger.  Contributing to the long-term survival of threatened species is one of the Zoo's core missions." Bockheim noted.

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