July 29 - International Tiger Day!
The International Tiger Day was officially established in November 2010 at the Tiger Summit International Forum on Tiger Conservation on Earth.
The main purpose of the holiday is to inform the public about the problems of extinction and protection of tigers.
The tiger is the largest, strongest and most agile cat on the planet. Modern taxonomy distinguishes two subspecies of tiger instead of the previously recognized 9 subspecies, 3 of which have now disappeared.
The Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) is the largest geographical race, with a body length of up to 2.80 meters and weighing up to 320 kilograms. They play a very important role in the balance of any ecosystem.
According to the computer animal accounting program ZIMS, today in the collections of 488 zoos that participate in this program, the total number of tigers is 1855 individuals. As for the Siberian tigers, according to the same program, the total number is 543 individuals kept in 215 different zoos around the world.
The animal is currently under international protection, listed in the IUCN Red List, and since 2014, tiger hunting has been banned worldwide.
Our zoo keeps a group of Siberian tigers: a male Helius (14 years old), and two females Agripina (15 years old) and Penelopa (15 years old).
It is interesting that in Mykolaiv Zoo tigers are kept since 1978. During this period we have about 70 tiger cubs.
Our zoo participates in the International and European species conservation program.
We invite everyone for a walk to our zoo for a thematic excursion "Big felids of Mykolaiv Zoo".