One of the endangered species is a Siberian tiger
called Mischa who arrived at Banham Zoo in from the Vienna Zoo
Mischa the tiger
The tiger is the largest living cat in the world
and there are only about 400 Siberian tigers left in the wild.
At the start of the 20th Century, there were
100,000 tigers in Asia. Now there are only 5000 left - a decrease
Tigers can live for 12 to 18 years in the wild
and up to 25 years in captivity.
In 2001, a female tiger
called Zaliv travelled from Zurich to Banham Zoo to meet up with
Mischa, as part of a European captive breeding programme.
The zoo hoped the pair would play their part
in preventing the extinction of their breed.
A wild lemur
In September 2002 Zaliv produced two healthy
But due to her inexperience as a mother Zaliv
failed to care for the cubs and so the
animals were hand-reared to ensure their survival.
The cubs remained on show at Banham Zoo until
the end of the summer 2003.
The zoo has also managed to breed many other
species including mongoose, crowned, red bellied and ring tailed
By Sheila McKeown, a librarian at the Millennium Library
Endangered Species: Our Impact on the Planet,
by Malcolm Penny. Wayland 2001. ISBN 0750234245.
If I Ran the Zoo, by Dr Seuss. Collins
2000, ISBN 0001720678.
You can get hold of these books through
your local library.
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