ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque BioPark is celebrating Global Tiger Day.
Penari, the zoo’s 8-year-old Malayan tiger, was in the spotlight Monday as zoo-goers learned all about the threats his species faces in the wild.
While some 100,000 tigers roamed the wild a century ago, only about 3,000 remains. That’s why many zoos like the BioPark have taken to breeding the species in captivity in hopes of bringing the population back to life.
BioPark staff says Penari will be getting a new mate in the near future. “He’s a pretty sweet boy, so hopefully she’ll like him, and then we’ll be part of that breeding program to keep these species alive and be able to educate more,” zookeeper Valerie Chavez said.
No word yet on when the zoo will break ground on its new Asia exhibit.