Salt Lake City, Utah — On Monday, Hogle Zoo introduced the newest member of its family, an Amur tiger.
A two-year-old female, Sasha from the Rolling Hills Zoo in Kansas, can now be seen at the Asian Highlands exhibit at the zoo.
“Sasha is settling in her new habitat and continues to acclimate well,” said Associate Director of Animal Care, Bob Cisneros.
Currently, there are only about 500 Amur tigers remaining in the wild.
In the wild, they are usually found in Russia, with a small number living in China or North Korea.
The tigers are considered to be solitary animals and have a life expectancy in the wild of 10-15 years, but under specialized human care can live up to 20 years.
According to Zoo officials, when Sasha matures, she could be bred with Nikolai, an 11-year-old resident of the zoo.