Utah’s Hogle Zoo has a new tiger named Sasha the Amur

Utah’s Hogle Zoo on Wednesday introduced its latest resident — Sasah a 2-yr old feminine Amur tiger.

In accordance to Bob Cisneros, associate director of animal care at the zoo, Sasha came from Rolling Hills Zoo in Kansas, is settling in her new habitat in the zoo’s Asian Highlands exhibit and is acclimating nicely.

Sasha might eventually be recommended to breed with Nikolai, an 11-year-outdated male Amur tiger and present-day resident at Asian Highlands, when she matures. Utah’s Hogle Zoo animal care groups and management will go on to get the job done carefully with companies adhering to a Species Survival System and breeding recommendation by the Affiliation of Zoos and Aquariums, which encourages healthful, genetically diverse populations in accredited zoos.

Thought of solitary animals, and to finest mimic their natural surroundings, Sasha has a devoted habitat following to Nikolai.

The inhabitants of Amur tigers is dwindling thanks to poaching and habitat loss by deforestation, and there are only roughly 500 Amur tigers remaining in the wild, building them an endangered species.

Amur tigers, which are regarded one particular of the major cats in the globe, are uncovered in the Russia Considerably East with a little range in China and potentially North Korea. With an average fat of 240 pound to 290 kilos for feminine Amur tigers, and 450 lbs . for males, sexual maturity commonly peaks all over 4 years of age.

Gestation interval tends to selection from 3 to 3 1/2 months with litters of an ordinary size of two to 4 cubs. In the wild, Amur tigers have a lifestyle expectancy of 10 to 15 years. Underneath specialized human care, Amur tigers can live up to roughly 20 years of age.