Support The Moscow Times!

Crimea Zoo Celebrates Birth of 10 Rare Amur Tiger Cubs

While this year Crimea has mainly made news headlines for political reasons, a zoo on the peninsula is now celebrating the arrival of 10 Amur tiger cubs this year. 

The cubs, which belong to an extremely rare tiger species, were born to three different mothers at the Taigan safari park in Crimea, tabloid LifeNews reported Thursday. 

Two of the tigers were born just days after Crimean residents voted to join Russia in March, leading zookeepers to name the cubs "Referendum" and "Spring," the report said. 

The latest additions to the park came two months ago, taking the number of tigers in the zoo up to 35 — the largest number of Amur tigers in captivity in Europe. 

 But looking after the animals is by no means cheap: an adult tiger needs about 7 kilograms of meat a day to survive. 

 Amur tigers are considered to be an endangered species, with the World Wildlife Fund estimating that only 450 individuals are left in the wild — primarily in Russia's far eastern Primorye and Khabarovsk regions. 

 Authorities in Khabarovsk announced last Thursday that they were planning to carry out a census of the endangered animals this winter.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more