Scottsbluff zoo adds two Amur tigers
By ROGER HOLSINGER
Published: Friday, January 9, 2009 4:13 AM CST
Midlands News Service
SCOTTSBLUFF – Riverside Zoo added two Amur tigers to its menagerie on Thursday.
Members of the media were given a sneak peak of the two sisters, Nika and Lana, early Thursday morning. The pair was brought to Scottsbluff from the Minnesota Zoological Gardens in Apple Valley, Minn.
While the Amur (Siberian) tigers are now calling Riverside Zoo home, the pair are managed by the Species Survival Plan, which operates as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, according to Kelly Jensen, interim zoo director.
“I think this means a lot [for the zoo]. Anytime we can get something new that’s this spectacular it’s going to mean a lot to the zoo,” Jensen said. “People like tigers and the zoo having them, so I think these young ones will give us a lot more years of enjoyment.”
The tigers must be kept in quarantine for approximately 30 days, although both animals are current on all vaccinations and are in top physical condition, according to Kathy Welfl, events and education curator.