After a five year absence, the endangered Amur tigers are returning to the Toronto Zoo in the coming months.
The Amur tiger is the largest of the tiger species, and the new exhibit will take over the previous Giant Panda Experience located within the Eurasia Wilds section of the Zoo.
This summer, Zoo visitors can look forward to seeing two Amur tigers, female “Kira” and male “Vasili.”
Vasili, which means “royal or kingly” is the brother of Kira and is also five-years-old. Vasili is coming to Toronto from Assiniboine Park Zoo but was also born at the Calgary Zoo.
The Toronto Zoo is part of the Amur Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP), which aims to establish and maintain healthy, genetically diverse populations, and overall conservation efforts to save this incredible species.
“One of the Toronto Zoo’s mandates is to educate visitors on current conservation issues and help preserve the incredible biodiversity on the planet. The Toronto Zoo supports tiger conservation efforts in the wild through the Toronto Zoo Endangered Species Reserve Fund,” reads a release from the Zoo.
The Zoo will see the return of the Amur tiger for summer 2018, as part of the Specials Survival Program.
— The Toronto Zoo (@TheTorontoZoo) March 3, 2018
While the official opening date of the new Amur Tiger Exhibit has yet to be released, the Zoo recommends checking the official website for updates.