Anchorage zoo to get rare tigers

Posted: Friday, May 23, 2008

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Zoo said it is getting two rare Amur tigers.

The critically endangered tigers are brothers named Korol and Kunali. They weigh about 500 pounds each.

The tigers were born in June 2004 at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, N.Y.

Korol And Kunali will arrive within a month, zoo officials said.

The species - formerly called Siberian tigers - are at risk because of habitat loss, human encroachment and poaching. Zoo officials said fewer than 400 Amur tigers remain in the world.

The Alaska-bound tigers will bring back the species to the zoo.

Its last Amur tiger - 18-year-old Al - was euthanized in December because of failing health. Its twin brother Steve died last August.

Like their predecessors, Korol and Kunali were part of the Amur tiger Species Survival Plan.

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