A new male Siberian tiger, named Baikal, arrived at the Assiniboine Park Zoo this past weekend to replace our current male, named Fedor. Fedor was originally brought in from the Calgary Zoo to mate with Kendra, here on long-term loan from the St. Louis Zoo. Unfortunately, Fedor never took a liking to Kendra and they never mated. Fedor is being shipped out to a new zoo this week.
It is hoped that Baikal, who it at the top of the Species Survival Program’s studbook, will enjoy her company more. But don’t expect a quick romance; the introductory period will require a number of months before they are placed together. Keep an eye out for more news (and pictures) of Baikal’s arrival on this blog and out website, zoosociety.com.
On a side note, the Assiniboine Park Zoo participates in over 60 international breeding programs for species at risk.