Mishka, a female Amur tiger, arrives at Norfolk zoo for breeding process


A Norfolk zoo has welcomed a new female tiger, sparking hopes it could play a role in the survival of an endangered species. 

Mishka, an Amur tiger, arrived at Banham Zoo from Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire last week.

Born to Minerva and Elton in 2015, Mishka was identified by the European Breeding Programme as a genetically compatible mate for resident male, Kuzma, who was bred at Banham 12 years ago.

Her arrival coincides with Endangered Species Day on Friday May 21, an occasion aimed at sharing the importance of wildlife conservation. 

Amur tigers, also known as Siberian, are one of 9 subspecies of tiger – three of which are now extinct.