Two new Malayan Tigers will be settled in the next several weeks and making the Virginia Zoological Park their new home. The current residents, Kadan and Tahan, will be re-homed to the Naples Zoo in Florida.
Christopher, the youngest tiger coming to Norfolk, currently resides in San Diego. He'll be paired off with a lovely two year old female, Clairborne, from the Bronx Zoo in New York.
There are less than 600 Malayan tigers left in the wild. The Virginia Zoo partners with other facilities across the nation, and around the world, to establish successful breeding programs for endangered animals like Malayan tigers. Christopher, Clairborne, Kadan and Tahan are not only the happy results of these conservation efforts, they are the future of the program as well.
The picture above shows Christopher (on the left) when he was just a cub! He is now one year old and has grown quite a bit since this baby picture. Plan a trip to the zoo to welcome both Christopher and Clairborne to the neighborhood!!