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Philadelphia Zoo welcomes twin Amur Tigers


By From Press release

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Philadelphia Zoo welcomed two young male Amur tigers to its animal family Thursday.

Twins, Wiz and Dmitri arrived in Philadelphia on Jan. 10 from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio. On Thursday, they made their public debut in their new home at First Niagara Big Cat Falls, where they will reside together.

Although twins, these beautiful cats actually have different birthdays. Dmitri was born before midnight on June 28, 2012, while Wiz was born after midnight on June 29, 2012. Wiz and Dmitri, weighing 291 lbs and 282 lbs respectively, may look large but these toddlers are still growing. Once full-grown, male Amur tigers can weigh anywhere from 385 to 570 lbs.

Amur tigers, historically referred to as Siberian tigers, are critically endangered, with fewer than 400 remaining in the wild. Currently there are about 150 Amur tigers in 50 AZA institutions in North America.

Guests are encouraged to visit the zoo throughout the weekend to see Wiz and Dmitri and participate in a tiger-themed craft.