Rusty the male Amur tiger has become the latest resident of our Big Cat Habitat here at Blackpool Zoo after he arrived from Longleat Safari Park in Warminster on Thursday 29th June.
Our £1.5million Big Cat Habitat was opened to the public in May 2023 and is home to African lion Khari and his pride Narla, Emma and Hira, as well as Alyona the Amur Tiger.
Rusty was born in Longleat Safari Park in 2019 alongside his sister, Yuki, to parents Yana and Red and he was an instant hit with visitors.
His move to Blackpool comes after we invested heavily in the new facility that has been designed and built to meet the needs of the magnificent animals that will call it home.
Big Cat Habitat combines increased indoor space and a larger off-show management area with extended external paddocks and improved keeper facilities.
As Rusty is currently settling into his new surroundings, visitors may not see him out and about for a few more days.
Darren Webster, Zoo Director here at Blackpool Zoo, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Rusty to Blackpool Zoo and he is settling in very well in his new home.
“He is a stunning tiger and a very important part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) for Amur tigers, which are the largest species of cat on earth.
“His presence in our new Big Cat Habitat will certainly be a welcome sight for keepers, staff and visitors alike.”
The most recent IUCN Red List assessment of Amur tigers, published in 2022, estimated the population at 265–486 in the Russian Far East with a further small number ranging across the border into China and possibly North Korea. Threats include human and tiger conflict, poaching, forest fires and logging.