The Brandywine Zoo’s Amur tiger, Zhanna, is scheduled to be transferred to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo in New York in January.
The Brandywine Zoo’s Amur tiger, Zhanna, is scheduled to be transferred to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo in New York in January, according to the Division of Parks & Recreation in partnership with zoo officials and the Delaware Zoological Society.
The relocation is prompted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan – a scientific endeavor to manage the genetic diversity of captive species. Zhanna’s genetic profile and age make her a candidate for breeding and for transfer to a zoo with a successful tiger breeding program.
The public is encouraged to say farewell to Zhanna from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays in December at the Brandywine Zoo, 1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington. No admission will be charged. The Brandywine Zoo will celebrate her new beginning from 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 31. Gates will open at 10 a.m. Dec. 31 for the zoo’s Noon Year’s Eve event, a family-friendly celebration of the new year with games and crafts. Admission will be charged until noon; $5 per person for ages three and older and no charge to Delaware Zoological Members. Admission will be free from noon to 3:30 p.m.
Zhanna was born at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri, and she is one of only 300 tigers in zoos accredited by the AZA. Zhanna came to the Brandywine Zoo in 2011 at age 3. Zhana’s new home at the Bronx Zoo’s Tiger Mountain is an open range exhibit with grasslands, trees and multi-level habitat for the tigers in public view and also features an off-exhibit area
Zhanna’s keepers at the Brandywine Zoo will accompany the transport team and help Zhanna acclimate to her new home. They will work with the Bronx Zoo tiger keepers to transfer knowledge for a seamless transition of her care. There are no plans, at this time, to add another tiger at the Brandywine Zoo.
For more information, call 571-7747 or visit brandywinezoo.org.