Amur Tiger Leaving Zoo for New Brunswick

By Sarah Klein

Amur Tiger Cubs
Two Amur tiger cubs come out of their den to show off for the public at Assiniboine Park Zoo on Monday, October 3, 2011. (JENNA CUMBERS / METRO WINNIPEG FILE)

One of Assiniboine Park Zoo’s young Amur tigers is moving out.

Two-year-old Sarma will be on exhibit for the last time on Thursday before heading to the Cherry Brook Zoo in Saint John, New Brunswick. Once there, she will be part of the North American Species Survival Plan (SSP) program.

“Sarma’s at the point in her life where she would typically leave her mother and she’s going to an excellent facility that is thrilled to welcome her,” said Dr. Brian Joseph, director of zoological operations at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. “She can play an important role in the Species Survival Plan and we’re very pleased to contribute to those breeding efforts and assist in growing the Amur tiger population in Canada.”

Assiniboine Park Zoo is currently home to Sarma’s parents, 14-year-old Kendra and 19-year-old Baikal.

The zoo’s new 26,000-square-foot tiger exhibit will be unveiled later this month.