Tiger economy as visitors flock

Tiger economy as visitors flock

Visitor numbers at a wildlife park have soared following the public unveiling of three rare Amur tiger cubs in June.

The Highland Wildlife Park, near Aviemore, said it had record-breaking entries with 80,000 visiting so far this year.

In 2008, numbers of visitors reached 65,000.

Bosses predict another 40,000 will flock to the park before the end of the year. The site is awaiting the arrival of the UK’s only polar bear.

Douglas Richardson, animal collection manager, said: “More visitors means more money for our Scottish-based conservation projects and will allow us to develop similar projects abroad.”

The cubs’ parents were moved from Edinburgh Zoo. The zoo’s polar bear Mercedes is due to arrive in the autumn.

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