Mike Allen, Executive Director, Delaware Zoological Society, firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-571-7788 x 206.
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Today is International Tiger Day at the Brandywine Zoo
WILMINGTON (July 29, 2015) – At the Brandywine Zoo today, from 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., the zoo will mark International Tiger Day, with special tiger-focused zookeeper talks throughout the day featuring the zoo’s resident Amur tiger, Zhanna. The goal of International Tiger Day is to promote global protection of tiger habitats for this endangered species, as well as raise public awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.
There are fewer than 400 wild Amur tigers living in small populations of far eastern Russia and northeast China. Loss of habitat due to logging, human encroachment and poaching are the main threats to their survival in the wild.
At Brandywine Zoo, visitors can learn about the issues facing tigers and the international campaign to help the tigers in the wild.
Zhanna was born April 28, 2008 at the St. Louis Zoo and arrived at the Brandywine Zoo in August 2011. There are approximately 300 tigers in zoos accredited by the AZA.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has a Tiger Species Survival Plan and is responsible for maintaining a genetically healthy population of Amur, Malayan and Sumatran tigers in North America. The Brandywine Zoo is an accredited member of the AZA and participates in the Species Survival Plan. Zookeepers at the Brandywine Zoo are especially trained in the care and health of tigers.
To learn about Tiger conservation projects and to donate to the Tiger Conservation Campaign, go to: http://support.mnzoo.org/tigercampaign/ .In honor of International Tiger Day, the Brandywine Zoo is having a week-long special offer in the Zootique gift shop: $5 for an adorable tiger plush. The sale runs July 27-Aug. 2nd.
International Tiger Day at the Brandywine Zoo is free with paid admission. Admission: children (3-17) $5; children (under 3) free; adults (18-61) $7; seniors (62+) $5; zoo members (with cards) free. For more information, visit www.brandywinezoo.org.
The Brandywine Zoo is located at 1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington,19802. Or call 302- 571-7747.
Vol. 45, No. 246