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The Louisville Zoo’s newest addition is 6-year-old male Amur tiger Vikentii. This 369 pound tiger joins us from the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Vikentii recently went on exhibit and is getting familiar with the outdoor exhibit space. He is still getting to know his keepers who are learning his traits and patterns as well. Vikentii’s keepers at the Hogle Zoo tell us he spent a lot of time swimming and was a crowd pleaser when he would vocalize loudly and frequently. They added that he was one of three male tiger cubs born at the Hogle Zoo and was the most adventurous of his brothers. He has a natural curiosity and was always the first to explore new enrichment items. Animal enrichment can include items or activities that help engage animals and bring out innate behaviors like foraging.
Vikentii can be seen daily in rotation at Tiger Tundra along with our 12 year-old female Amur tiger, Marietta (“Etta”).
Amur Tigers can be found in the river region of eastern Russia, northeastern China and into the Korean peninsula. They are the largest living feline. Males weigh 400 – 600 pounds on average and measure up to 14 feet long. Average females weigh between 250 – 300. Tiger stripes are like fingerprints and are unique to that tiger.
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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).