Visit Warwickshire | Roarsome new residents at Twycross Zoo

July 13, 2019

This is a gifted partnership

Adding more roar than ever before to a family day out at Twycross Zoo, they are welcoming two critically endangered Sumatran tigers within a brand-new state of the art habitat.

Last weekend we were invited over to Twycross Zoo ahead of the opening of the grand opening of the Sumatran tiger habitat – which opens to the public today! We have previously visited Twycross Zoo and loved the range of animals for the children to learn more about across the zoo. With keeper talks, activities and experiences to be had.

Feeding the little hungry tigers

After driving over to Twycross Zoo from Norfolk, we were pleased to find an amazing selection of breakfast treats for us to fuel up on ahead of a busy day. Feeding the little hungry tigers before the set about building their own LEGO tiger face. The children mentioned to the lady supervising the activity that Daddy would have loved to do this but he was work. She offered the children the option to take one of the little sets home for Daddy to complete so that he didn’t miss out on the fun – which was so sweet of her to do.

Once breakfast and LEGO building had been completed, we got the opportunity to meet Twycross Zoo’s tiger mascot. With a short talk on the need for the new habitat, which has taken over two years worth of planning and building. After which we were split into small groups and taken over to the new area for a sneak peek ahead of today’s grand opening.

Sumatran tigers at Twycross Zoo

Today the midlands zoo welcomes Sumatran tigers Jahly and Sialang who have taken residence of a BRAND NEW purpose-built Sumatran tiger habitat – the biggest in the UK – featuring hot rocks, two pools and a 15m² glass tunnel that visitors can walk through to see tigers from all angles!

The arrival of Sumatran tigers at Twycross zoo is crucial for the European breeding programme working collaboratively to contribute to preserving the wild population which currently consists of less than 400 individuals left in Sumatra, Indonesia.

The main threats to the wild populations include:

  • Poaching for their bones, fur and whiskers for medicine and trophy 
  • Human-wildlife conflict, where tigers and humans are encroaching areas towards each other 
  • Habitat loss, due to agricultural land use
  • Climate change which affects the movement and location of tiger prey species 
Sumatran Tiger Jahly explores her new enclosure at Twycross Zoo. Photograph: Lucy Ray/Twycross Zoo

Five Sumatran tiger facts

  1. They are the smallest subspecies
  2. They’ve been around for 2 million years
  3. They have narrow stripes
  4. Their roars can be heard from two miles away
  5. They use their whiskers to pick up on vibrations given off from prey

A Roarsome family day out

Despite the weather closing in on us in the afternoon, we had a Roarsome visit to Twycross Zoo. The opportunity to see the new Sumatran tigers habitat before it opened to the public was wonderful. A large space for everyone to walk around, read information boards and of course, catch a glimpse of the Sumatran tigers. The addition of a Tiger themed gift shop is something that the children enjoyed. Enabling visitors to find a little treat to remember their day visiting the Sumatran tigers at Twycross Zoo.

Will you be heading to Twycross Zoo to see the new Sumatran tigers?

International Tiger Day

Don’t forget that July 29th is International Tiger Day an annual celebration to raise awareness of tiger conservation. The arrival of Sumatran tigers at Twycross Zoo is crucial for the European breeding programme working collaboratively to contribute to preserving the wild population which currently consists of less than 400 individuals left in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Twycross Zoo will be celebrating on this day, check out their website for further details on the activities and celebrations taking place,

  • Mellissa Williams July 26, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    I’m very picky about the zoos I go to and try to avoid them in all honesty, however it sounds like the breeding programme is a great thing. We must preserve this species of tigers now before them before extinct

  • Alex Gladwin July 26, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    I bet this was amazing. I love the tunnel feature that’ll make it easier to spot them. I can’t believe you can hear their roar 2 miles away – Wow! x

  • Rhian westbury July 27, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Wow 2 million years is a long time! Sounds like you had a great day out x

  • Stephanie July 27, 2019 at 10:44 am

    I’ve not been to Twycross Zoo before but what a fun place to spend the day as a family seeing the beautiful animals x

  • Sarah Bailey July 27, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    It sounds like you had an incredible time visiting Twycross, it seems like they have an amazing knowledge of their tigers there and how they can give them the best environment possible.

  • Olivia July 30, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    It’s so sad to hear about the things humans do to animals, destroying their homes and poaching them 🙁 a place like this sounds great for helping them to survive. Those toys at the end are soooo cute too

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