BOISE, Idaho — Zoo Boise announced Thursday morning the arrival of it's newest animal! Diana, a seven-year-old Amur tiger, arrived in Boise on Sunday and is adjusting well to her new home.
Diana comes to Zoo Boise from Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown, South Dakota. Amur tigers are endangered, with an estimated 540 left in the wild.
“Our tiger exhibit has always been a favorite for Zoo Boise visitors,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “We are so excited to introduce a new generation to this incredible animal.”
The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Tiger Species Survival Plan recommended that Diana come to Zoo Boise on a breeding hold, but there are no immediate plans for that process to begin.
“This is a special time for Zoo Boise and we are pleased to welcome Diana to our animal family,” said Gene Peacock, Zoo Boise Director. “She will help us continue our mission to educate the public about endangered species and the AZA’s efforts to protect them.”
Two drivers trained in animal care helped transport Diana to Zoo Boise in a special truck. She was unloaded and introduced to her exhibit, and Zoo Boise staff are helping her get settled in her new habitat.
Zoo Boise staff anticipate that Diana will be out for public viewing today, May 2. However, she may not always be visible to the eye, as she explores her surroundings and continues training with zookeepers.