Thursday, August 22, 2013
Two Amur Tiger cubs born last month at the Sedgwick County Zoo now have names.
Natasha and Tsar were born on July 6. At last year's Zoobilee, the zoo auctioned an Amur Tiger adoption package. Part of that package was that if any cubs were born, the donor would be able to name the cubs.
Last year, two female Amur Tigers at the zoo were artificially inseminated. One cub was born, but sadly did not survive. This year's cubs were conceived naturally by mother Talali, 8, and father Ivan, 4.
Amur Tigers, also known as Siberian Tigers, are a subspecies found primarily in Russia. They are listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. According to the IUCN, the number of Amur Tigers in the wild dipped to as low as 20 to 30 individuals in the 1930s, due to excessive hunting.