TWYCROSS Zoo is taking part in their first-ever International Tiger Day on Monday 29th July and is calling families to make a stand for conservation and help raise awareness of these endangered animals.
Not only that, the first 400 children to visit the midlands zoo in stripes will get their hands on a FREE* Tiger toy! (400 to mark less than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild).
Earlier this summer the midlands zoo welcomed Sumatran tigers Jahly and Sialang who have taken residence of a BRAND NEW purpose-built Sumatran tiger habitat – the biggest in the UK – featuring hot rocks, two pools and a 15m² glass tunnel that visitors can walk through to see tigers from all angles!
On Monday 29th July, families can say hello to our ROARsome newbies as well as take part in a whole host of tiger-themed activities such as Tiger Conservation Talks, Tiger Story Time, meet & greets with Stripes the Tiger mascot, ROAR like a Tiger challenge, How to draw a Tiger, Tiger face painting and more!
International Tiger Day is an annual celebration to raise awareness of tiger conservation. The arrival of Sumatran tigers at Twycross Zoo is crucial for the European breeding programme working collaboratively to contribute to preserving the wild population which currently consists of less than 400 individuals left in Sumatra, Indonesia.
The main threats to the wild populations include:
- Poaching for their bones, fur and whiskers for medicine and trophy
- Human-wildlife conflict, where humans are encroaching tiger habitats
- Habitat loss, due to agricultural land use
- Climate change which affects the movement and location of tiger prey species
Throughout the day the zoo’s knowledgeable rangers will also be hosting special tiger-focused educational talks, promoting the importance of conservation and how if we all work together we can make a huge difference and help to preserve these majestic mammals.
Matyas Liptovszky, Head of Life Sciences at Twycross Zoo, said: “International Tiger Day is an important day to raise awareness of the devastating decline of tiger populations caused by poaching, human-wildlife conflict, habitat loss and climate change.
“During the day our aim is to provide our visitors with a fun day out as well as highlight through our tiger-themed activities how we can work together to help preserve the species.”
Twycross Zoo is home to over 500 animals from over 125 species, some of which are the rarest on the planet. The zoo relies on the generosity of its visitors to support its conservation work. Book online at twycrosszoo.org and get zoo admission for only £15** per adult and £10** per child.
Five Sumatran tiger facts:
- They are the smallest subspecies
- They’ve been around for 2 million years
- They have narrow stripes
- Their roars can be heard from two miles away
- They use their whiskers to pick up on vibrations given off from prey
*Terms and conditions apply. Available on Monday 29th July only. The first 400 children to visit Twycross Zoo dressed in any type of stripe will receive a small tiger soft toy. Clothing included in this giveaway are striped T-shirts, tops, dresses, trousers, tights, leggings, shorts, skirts only. Tiger soft toy cannot be exchanged for any other item. Giveaway is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
**Prices exclude voluntary gift aid donation. £16.50 per adult and £11 per child including gift aid donation.