Amur tiger arrives at Denver Zoo

8-year-old Yuri will make his home at The Edge exhibit

Staff report
Posted 3/8/19

The newest exhibit at the Denver Zoo is now home to one of the newest residents. Yuri, an 8-year-old, 435-pound Amur tiger, arrived in late January from Bronx Zoo, according to a news release. His …

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Amur tiger arrives at Denver Zoo

8-year-old Yuri will make his home at The Edge exhibit

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The newest exhibit at the Denver Zoo is now home to one of the newest residents.

Yuri, an 8-year-old, 435-pound Amur tiger, arrived in late January from Bronx Zoo, according to a news release. His arrival was at the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan. Yuri's new home will be in the zoo's The EDGE exhibit.

Yuri has spent several weeks getting comfortable in his new home and will be introduced to 8-year-old Nikita once he is adjusted to his new habitat and caretakers.

Because Yuri hasn't sired any cubs yet, his genetics are particularly valuable to zoos' collective efforts to save the species and maintain a healthy, genetically-diverse population of Amur tigers. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists Amur tigers as endangered, primarily because of poaching of tigers as well as their wild prey species.

Yuri was born at the Erie Zoo in 2010, but has spent seven of his eight years at the Bronx Zoo. Eagle-eyed viewers may recognize him from Animal Planet's “The Zoo,” which takes viewers behind the scenes at the Bronx Zoo.

He is making more frequent appearances in one of the two main yards in The EDGE, which brings guests closer than ever to our two tigers. Visitors can identify him by the heart-shaped markings above his eyes and his size — he's close to double Nikita's weight.

Learn more about Yuri and The EDGE at http://bit.ly/2SPY64y

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