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'Pair of pawfect' Sumatran tigers arrive at Twycross Zoo

Two Sumatran tigers have arrived at Twycross Zoo for the first time in 15 years.

A male and a female, Sialang and Jahly, have travelled more than 700 miles all the way from France.

The tigers are native to Indonesia and keepers have created a special enclosure to mimic their natural habitat.

Sialang and Jahly, the two Sumatran tigers, will now be calling this enclosure their home. Credit: ITV News Central

Sialang had a look at his new home as he explored his indoor habitat for the first time - which features multiple hot rocks for extra comfort and wooden logs to have a scratch on.

As well as a new attraction for the zoo, it is a conservation project because in the wild, Sumatran tigers are critically endangered.

There are only 400 on the island of Sumatra, the only place in the world where they are found.

The new enclosure where the tigers live is the size of almost half a football pitch.

It includes a pool, heated rocks and a glass walkway where visitors will be able to have closer look at the tigers.

The enclosure will be open to the public on Saturday 13th July.

Matyas Liptovszky, Head of Life Sciences said: "We are delighted to welcome Jahly and Sialang to Twycross Zoo and our experienced animal and veterinary teams will be looking after them and helping them settle in before they meet our visitors from 13th July, for the Summer Holidays.

"It has been over 15 years since tigers were last at Twycross Zoo and we now look forward to being part of the European breeding programme, helping to support and grow this critically endangered species."