Beijing, April 14 (IANS) Twenty tigers in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province embarked on a journey on Thursday morning to their new home more than 2,000 km away.
The felines, one white tiger and 19 Siberian tigers, are all adults of about four years old. They will arrive at a new tiger park in Luanchuan County in central China’s Henan province after three days of travel.
“The distance is long, and some tigers may get tired or even carsick. We will give them water and food regularly,” Xinhua news agency quoted Liu Dan of the Siberian Tiger Park as saying. The Park is the world’s largest Siberian tiger breeding base.
Siberian tigers are among the world’s most endangered species. They mostly live in eastern Russia, northeast China and northern parts of the Korean Peninsula.
The Siberian Tiger Park of Heilongjiang is now home to more than 1,100 tigers. So far it has sent more than 100 tigers to zoos in other parts of China.
Last year, more than 150 tiger cubs were born in the park, the highest number since the park was built in 1986. About 100 cubs are expected to be born this year.