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Chester tiger triplets in 'purrr-fect' condition

Credit: Chester Zoo

The rare, three-month-old Sumatran tigers were examined, sexed, weighed and vaccinated by the zoo’s specialist vets and carnivore keepers.

The cubs, born in January to mum Kirana and dad Fabi, were found to be two males and one female.

Gabby Drake, vet at Chester Zoo, said the trio are in “tip-top shape.”

Mum Kirana and cub Credit: Chester Zoo

Sumatran tigers are one of the rarest big cat species in the world and our new triplets are very special cubs indeed. It’s really important for us to make sure they’re healthy and in good physical condition and we’re happy to report that all three of the cubs have been given a clean bill of health – they’re in tip-top shape.

– Gabby Drake, vet at Chester Zoo
The cubs were examined, sexed, weighed and vaccinated Credit: Chester Zoo

Sumatran tigers are found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. They are the smallest of all tigers and have the narrowest stripes.

Critically endangered in the wild, there are believed to be just 300-400 Sumatran tigers left as they are often targeted by poachers who use their body parts as traditional medicine. Much of their jungle habitat has also been destroyed.

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CCTV records 'Incredibly special' first moments of tiger cubs

Hidden cameras have captured some of the first moments of three rare tiger cubs at Chester Zoo.

The tigers were born to eight-year-old Sumatran tigress Kirana on Jan 2 after a 105-day pregnancy.

We’re thrilled to kick off 2015 with these special arrivals.

"These tiny triplets who, in June, will move to a brand new home in our Islands zone, are now part of a safety-net against the population in the wild becoming extinct.

"That to me is incredibly humbling."

– Tim Rowlands, Curator of mammals, Chester Zoo

The sexes of the cubs will not be known for some time and zoo staff are continuing to keep a close eye on the family.

Spectacled bear arrives at Chester Zoo for breeding

A new spectacled bear called Lima has arrived at Chester Zoo ahead of plans to breed her with Chester’s male bear Bernardo.

Two-year-old Lima has moved from a zoo in northern France after experts carefully matched her with Bernardo.

The 'spectacled' bears have light rings of fur around their eyes. Credit: Chester Zoo
Two-year-old Lima has moved from a zoo in northern France. Credit: Chester Zoo
Females weigh up to 84kg, males up to about 150kg. Credit: Chester Zoo

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New effort by Chester Zoo to save rare lizard

A Sand Lizard. Credit: Chester Zoo

Keepers from Chester Zoo have travelled to North Wales in a bid to save a species of rare lizard which is thought extinct in the country.

The Sand Lizards have been released on sand dunes in Talacre in a bid to create a population.

Chester Zoo staff release the lizards. Credit: Chester Zoo

The Sand Lizards - an endangered UK species - were bred at a number of specialist breeding centres, including Chester Zoo, during the summer.

The species has gone through major decline due to habitat loss, with their coastal dune and heathland habitats becoming increasingly fragmented by agricultural expansion and building developments.

But it's hoped the captive breeding and reintroduction programme will help the lizards to make a comeback.

Chester Zoo staff get to business saving the Sand Lizard. Credit: Chester Zoo

Watch Chester Zoo's video about the lizard programme below:

Moment endangered ducks hatch captured

The moment a rare duck hatched at Chester Zoo, has been captured by experts.

The Bare's pochard is critically endangered, with as few as 30 thought to be living in the wild. There's some facts about the birds below the video.

  • The Baer’s pochard is a diving duck found in eastern Asia. It spends the summer in southeast Russia and northeast China, migrating in winter to southern China, Vietnam, Japan and India.
  • The species breeds in the wild on marshy ponds in southeast Russia and northeast China, migrating in winter to southern China, Vietnam, Japan, and India
  • They dive up to a depth of 2 m to hunt aquatic insects, molluscs, shrimps and fishes. They also eat algae, aquatic plants and seeds, especially during winter
  • Chester Zoo is one of the few one of the few institutions in Europe to currently work with this rare diving duck
  • The species is listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered. They are threatened due to habitat loss, illegal poisoning and trapping

Rare ducklings 'perilously close' to extinction

Chester Zoo is celebrating the arrival of 30 Bare's pochard ducklings, but warning the birds could soon be extinvt

Curator of Birds Andrew Owen said: “We’re perilously close to losing this species in the wild and that’s why our recent hatchlings are very, very important indeed.

"They’re without doubt some of the rarest ducks in the world.

“Thirty Baer’s pochards have been bred here this breeding season and whilst it’s good news in the sense that it’s a record for us, rather frighteningly, there may only be similar numbers left in the wild.”

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