By Kim Reader
This stunning video, filmed through the full-length glass panes of a new tiger enclosure, offers an ‘up claws and personal’ look at the big cat sisters.
In the unique footage, Amur tigers Sinda and Bira look like they are actually investigating and sniffing the camera lens as a Knowsley Safari Park worker films through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The 90-second video was filmed by the Merseyside safari park as the striped siblings explored their new habitat, paying particular attention to the glass panes and interacting with their spectators on the other side.
The glass panes are a key element of the tigers new 10,000 square metre home and offer an incredible close-up look at the beautiful big cats.
Eveline De Wolf, Head of Living Collection at Knowsley Safari, said: “We’ve been developing the new tiger habitat for more than a year and cannot wait for guests to see it.
“It’s been designed especially for Sinda and Bira, our Amur tigers, to provide an enriching home – with a flowing stream, large natural ponds and mature trees.”
The new Amur Tiger Trail opens to the public on May 25.
Guests visiting throughout the summer will be able to immerse themselves in the Russian-themed habitat and learn all about the Amur tiger, their habitat and threats to their survival and conservation.
Edward Perry, Managing Director at Knowsley Safari, said: “This is the first major habitat development we have undertaken in recent years – and it sets the standard of things to come at Knowsley Safari.
“As always our starting point was to create an enriching and natural landscape for our Amur tiger sisters, Sinda and Bira, to explore and enjoy.
“As well as creating a great environment for the sisters to thrive, we also wanted to bring our visitors a real taste of what makes the Amur tiger different to other subspecies and educate them on the challenges they face in the wild – all through play and fun.
“We want this to be an active experience for our guests and so we have created lots of different activities around the habitat for them to explore and learn from.”
Amur tigers are an endangered species with numbers thought to be only around 500 in the wild.
Of the nine sub-species of tiger, three are already extinct and the Amur tiger is the largest living species remaining.
The new facility at Knowsley Safari has been designed to enable breeding and contribute to the global breeding programme for the species.