A window on the world of the tiger at Chester Zoo
Published Date: 14 November 2008
By Staff reporter
VISITORS to Chester Zoo will soon be able to look a new addition to the big cat enclosure straight in the eye.
Two-year-old Sumatran tiger Kirana, whose Idonesian name means “beautiful ray of light”, has just moved to the 110-acre zoo from Paignton, Devon, and thanks to a new seven-foot window built in the side of the enclosure visitors will be able to see Kirana and male tiger Kepala out on the prowl and watch them enjoying a cat nap inside their den.
Tim Rowlands, the zoo’s assistant curator of mammals, said: “We already have a tiger window which enables visitors to watch the tigers safely but without the need for any fencing.
“This extra window, this time built on to the side of their indoor den, gives visitors a glimpse into what the tigers get up to when they are warm and comfortable inside. It doesn’t faze the tigers in the slightest and it’s the visitors who are more intrigued.
“Kirana is settling in well; she is quite a feisty tiger who likes to climb and is very active. We are sure our visitors will be as equally charmed with her as we are.”