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Buffalo Zoo welcomes endangered Amur tiger

Zhanna comes from the Bronx Zoo. She is 11 years old and makes her public debut on Friday.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Zoo is welcoming its newest resident. Zhanna is an 11-year-old Amur tiger who came from the Bronx Zoo.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums recommended she come to Buffalo as part of the Tiger Species Survival Plan. The species is considered one of the most endangered on the planet. It's estimated that fewer than 500 remain in the wild.

The zoo has been without an Amur tiger since Tamari passed away in June.

“Zhanna will serve as an important ambassador to continue to educate our community about endangered species and what we can do to help protect them,” said Norah Fletchall, president and CEO of the Buffalo Zoo. 

Zhanna can be seen at the Big Cat exhibit daily, but may not always be visible as she gets used to her outdoor habitat.

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