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Two Tiger Cubs from Calgary Arrive in Winnipeg

January 20, 2014 12:48 PM | News


Samkha is one of two Amur tiger cubs to arrive in Winnipeg from Calgary. (ASSINIBOINE PARK ZOO / HANDOUT)

Samkha - Vasili

Samkha and Vasili take it easy in their new home. (ASSINIBOINE PARK ZOO / HANDOUT)

Two male Amur tiger cubs have arrived to Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo from Calgary.

The cubs were born in March 2012 and moved to Winnipeg based on their genetics for future breeding.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Samkha and Vasili here joining our other Amur tigers at the zoo,” said Dr. Brian Joseph, director of zoological operations at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. “Not only will they be a delight for our visitors, they will play an important role in the future population of Amur tigers worldwide through the Species Survival Plan.”

The cubs are currently in a 30-day quarantine period before they can be viewed by the public. They will then be transferred to the nearly completed 26,000-square-foot tiger habitat.