Love is in the air for endangered tigers at Dudley Zoo

Keepers at Dudley Zoo are hoping to soon hear the pitter-patter of little paws as they introduce their male and female Sumatran tigers as part of an international breeding programme to save the critically-endangered species.

Love-struck tigers to go on public show next week

A tiger couple involved in a major international breeding programme will go on display at Dudley Zoo next week.

Daseep and Joao are Sumatran tigers - one of the most critically-endangered breeds of tiger in the world.

They have now been introduced face-to-face for the first time - and, once they have settled in to their new environment, visitors to the zoo will be able to view them in their enclosure.

Daseep and Joao the Sumatran tigers in their new enclosure after meeting face-to-face for the first time
Daseep and Joao the Sumatran tigers in their new enclosure after meeting face-to-face for the first time Credit: Dudley Zoo

It is hoped that Joao and Daseep, who has been labelled the world's second most important female in the genetic pool for the species, will begin to reproduce.

Love blossoms between endangered tigers

Love is blossoming between two of the most critically endangered breeds of tiger in the world at Dudley Zoo.

Keepers have put three-year-old female Sumatran tiger Daseep to 21-month-old male Joao face to face for the first time in the hope of soon hearing the pitter-patter of little paws in the tiger enclosure.

And they say the first proper meeting was a great success, with the pair touching noses in greeting.

Daseep and Joao the Sumatran tigers
Daseep and Joao the Sumatran tigers Credit: Dudley Zoo

Joao arrived from Germany's Krefeld Zoo last month and the pair have been slowly introduced in neighbouring internal dens, to give them chance to get to know one another.

Sumatran tigers are among the rarest in the world, with just 140 remaining in the wild.

The breeding programme is part of a major worldwide conservation project.

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