Costa del Sol welcomes a new tiger from Denmark

SETTLING IN: Kerinci reclines next to a replica of Angkor Wat Temple in the Bioparc. Credit: Bioparc Fuengirola

BIOPARC Fuengirola has welcomed a young female Sumatran tiger from Ree Park Safari in Denmark, into its care.

Born in February 2017, Kerinci will join Harau and Asmara, the resident male and female Sumatran tigers who have been living together since last year.

The arrival of Kerinci has come about from the collaboration of Bioparc Fuengirola with the European Conservation Programme, with which it has been involved since 2001.

Sumatran tigers are still considered to be in serious danger of extinction, with only about 200 left in the wild.

Bioparc Fuengirola explained that this is a natural step for the tigress, since “mothers expel their young from their territory when they reach 18 months old, and they go out to find a new place to live.”

The team of experts at the Bioparc adapt their care to the needs and behaviour of each animal in the park, not according to species.

The process is made up of many hours of observation, and where each noise the animal makes is noted.

Once Kerinci is settled in to her new surroundings (this will take between one and two months), visitors will be able to see her in the Bioparc.

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