Seoul Zoo Tigers Can Now Mate Worldwide
Jun. 02, 2009 11:02 KST
The tigers at Seoul Zoo have been listed on an international studbook. Seoul Zoo in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province on Monday said it has registered 52 tigers on the international tiger studbook, a worldwide breeding register recognized by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and managed by Leipzig Zoo in Germany. Currently, 24 tigers live at Seoul Zoo.
WAZA asks zoos around the world to register 148 species of wild animals which are in danger of extinction on the register supervised by the Committee for Inter-regional Conservation Coordination. Seoul Zoo became a full member of WAZA in 2000 and joined the International Species Information System in 2006. Since then, it had been trying to register its tigers.
Due to the limited numbers of tigers kept in zoos, they should mate with animals in foreign zoos to avoid inbreeding, but Seoul Zoo was so far unable to find mates for its tigers abroad because it was unlisted.