Beautiful, ferocious and intriguing – our charismatic tigers can be found in the centre of the zoo.
Tigers are easily distinguishable by their striking coats and reddish-orange fur. Their throat, belly and chest is typically white and there is often a white spot on the back of their ears.
Each tiger has a unique stripe pattern making it easily identifiable when being tracked by researchers in the field. It also helps us to tell our male and female tigers apart.
Blending into the environment is an essential skill when stalking and ambushing prey so tigers rely on their stripes for camouflage. Unlike other cat species, they love a good swim so on a hot (or even cold) day you might find them taking a dip in their pond!
Head past the addax to find our okapi, which are located very close to the tigers. These hidden treasures might have stripes like zebras but their closest relative is the giraffe! Head up to the adventure playground from the okapi and you’ll encounter mongooses, servals and ocelots. The ocelot, also known as the “dwarf leopard”, is a strong swimmer and an amazing climber which sleeps during the day and perks up at night. See if you can spot it taking a snooze in its enclosure.
If you love our Amur tigers then why not adopt one? Milla is a firm favourite on our Go Wild children’s adoption scheme but if you’re struggling to choose (or are older than 16!) then our adult scheme has tiger adoptions too!
Having visited as a child, I felt that the Zoo has something to offer all ages and personalities and was proved right during our visit. We all had a fantastic time and really can’t thank you and the team enough for making it so enjoyable.NHS Stop Smoking Service, 31st March 2015