Posted Tue May 27, 2008 7:34pm AEST
Updated Tue May 27, 2008 7:52pm AEST
Adelaide Zoo’s oldest tiger, Tiger Boy, has been put down after it was found to be suffering from kidney failure.
The sumatran tiger was believed to be about 24.
Tiger Boy lived between five and 10 years longer than the expected life span of a tiger in captivity.
Adelaide Zoo says it wants to keep expanding its tiger breeding program.
The head of veterinary conservation programs, Wayne Boardman, says the zoo is hoping for cubs soon from a new tiger.
“Tigers are wonderful animals and they’re incredibly endangered in the wild, particularly sumatran tigers,” he said.
“We’re playing our part in trying to breed them here at the Adelaide Zoo and we’re trying to develop the breeding program over the next couple of years.”