Toledo Zoo welcomes Titan, new Amur tiger to Tiger Terrace

Press Staff Writer

        The Toledo Zoo is welcoming a new male Amur tiger to Tiger Terrace.
        Titan, a 3-1/2-year-old weighing in at 370 pounds, came to Toledo from the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was born at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska to mom, Isabella and dad, Sasha.
        The tiger’s transfer was part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan breeding recommendation. Upon acclimation to his new home, Titan will be introduced to Talya, Toledo Zoo’s resident 8-year-old female tiger, with the hope of producing offspring to bolster the population of the feline species.
        Amur tigers (Panthera tigris altaica), also known as Siberian tigers, are the world’s largest cats. The species averages 10 feet in length and can weigh 390-660 pounds. Each individual animal has a unique set of stripes that provide crucial camouflage.
        Listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List as Endangered, it is believed only 400 Amur tigers remain in a remote temperate forest of Far East Russia. Amur tigers are nocturnal hunters that prey on elk and boar; however, prey is becoming increasingly scarce. Other threats to the species include poaching for illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss.
        “Tigers are an iconic species that many look forward to viewing when visiting a zoo and we are eager to work with a young male for the first time in a long time,” said Jeff Sailer, president and CEO of Toledo Zoo. “The mammal staff is already training with Titan and are hopeful for successful breeding. Titan’s transfer is a testament to the importance of the AZA and its participating institutions to ensure future generations can know, love and appreciate Amur tigers.”


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