China breeding centre sees Siberian tiger baby boom

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Beijing, April 24 (IANS) More than 50 tiger cubs have been born at the world’s largest breeding centre for Siberian tigers in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province so far this year.

“The cubs are in good health and are living in the two Siberian tiger parks under the Heilongjiang Hengdao Hezi Cat Family Breeding Centre,” said Liu Dan, chief engineer of one of the parks.

The mating season for Siberian tigers usually falls between April and June.

“More than 100 Siberian tiger cubs are expected to be born in 2017,” Liu told Xinua news agency.

Siberian tigers are one of the world’s most endangered species. They predominantly live in northeast China and eastern Russia.

China has been trying to save the species through captive breeding programmes. The Heilongjiang Breeding Centre is currently home to more than 1,000 Siberian tigers.

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