18 October 2012
Categories: Homepage News, Zoo Check Campaign News
London Zoo’s Sumatran tigers have been relocated in order to make way for new arrivals as part of the Zoo's ‘Tiger Territory’ exhibit which plans to open spring 2013. Raika and Lumpur, who had been resident at London Zoo since 1997 but have never bred, have been relocated, making way for two Sumatran tigers from Akron Zoo, USA and Perth Zoo, Australia. Transporting tigers from the other side of the globe (which will undoubtedly cause some stress to the animals) and putting them together in the hope that they will breed- is this really the best use of funds? At a cost of £3m for the exhibit, what will this all really mean for the conservation of tigers in the wild? As we have highlighted previously regarding London Zoo’s £5.3m ‘Gorilla Kingdom', constructing expensive exhibits does not necessarily guarantee that large sums of money will be raised and subsequently donated to conservation projects in the wild.
For more information concerning our views on ZSL’s tiger exhibit.
At £20.00-£23.00 per adult ticket, it raises the question: are London Zoo’s visitors really aware of how much of their money is going directly towards conservation?