Zoo's new tiger arrives

Senja checks out her new digs at Wellington Zoo

Last updated 13:15 19/06/2014
Senja

NEW IN TOWN: Wellington Zoo's new sumatran tiger Senja.

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Wellington Zoo has taken delivery of a new tiger.

Three-year-old Senja arrived safe and well at the zoo this morning weighing in at 81kg  and - through a fence - was already getting to know the zoo's other surviving tiger, Rokan, a spokeswoman said.

''They have been talking to each other.''

But the pair would never meet, because another male tiger with better ''genetic significance'' was due in Wellington later this year to breed with Senja.

Both new tigers were part of the Regional Conservation Breeding Programme for Sumatran tigers, the world's smallest tigers, which were also critically endangered.

Senja was able to be seen by zoo goers from today.

The zoo's previous sumatran tiger Cantik, 21, was put down last year. It had a malignant tumour.

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