Tigers in Zoos


Tigers in AZA-accredited zoos (www.aza.org) serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts. Raising public awareness about tigers and their conservation is an important objective of Tiger SSP member zoos.  Many of these zoos also participate in the Tiger SSP’s breeding programs for Amur, Sumatran, and Malayan tigers.  These programs help maintain stable, genetically diverse populations of tigers as backups for the wild population.

Will we ever try to reintroduce these tigers to the wild?  It’s hard to say, but these tigers are an important insurance policy against extinction.  Consider the South China tiger, for example.  This subspecies has probably gone extinct in the wild, and only exists in Chinese zoos.  Reintroducing this tiger to its former range in China has been named as a top conservation priority by the Chinese government.

Zoos also raise funds to support the conservation of wild tigers, and some are actively working to help wild tigers in Asia.  Read more about some of these efforts:
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/TropicalEcosystems/TigersIndia/default.cfm

 

 

Zoos in North America that are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) achieve high standards of care for their tigers. Find an AZA-accredited institution with tigers near you:

 

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  • Natural Science Center & Animal Discovery of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC (www.natsci.org)

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