Date: April 30, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SHOCK SURROUNDING THE PASSING OF HANI THE SIBERIAN TIGER
Aldergrove – The Greater Vancouver Zoo is in complete shock after discovering Hani one of our Siberian Tigers deceased first thing this morning. She appeared healthy although it was noticed by her keepers that she had been abnormally off her food for a day, lethargic and her behaviour was off.
Hani was born at our sister zoo, Seoul Zoo Korea, on May 22, 2011. Hani arrived at the Greater Vancouver Zoo with her sister, Hana, on June 4, 2012. Hani was the smaller of the two tigers and had a quiet demeanor when compared to her sister.
All staff and volunteers at the zoo are devastated by Hani’s sudden passing. We are hopeful that the full necropsy that will be performed later today will provide some answers.
The median life expectancy of female Siberian Tigers is 14 years in captivity. In the wild there are estimated to be as few as 400 – 500 Siberian Tigers living primarily in eastern Russia, although some exist in China and North Korea. Tigers are listed as “endangered” conservation status by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species. Tigers are the largest members of the cat family.
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