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Cheyenne Mountain tiger chosen for breeding program

Posted: 8:03 PM, Sep 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-26 22:05:44-04
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COLORADO SPRINGS — Cheyenne Mountain Zoo announced Thursday their Amur tiger, Chewy, was selected as a breeding match with a tiger from the Bramble Park Zoo in South Dakota.

Savelii, Bramble Park's tiger, will move to Colorado Springs in hopes the two will mate and reproduce.

The other male Amur tiger at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Thimbu, will move to Bramble Park Zoo, as he is not compatible.

Zoo officials say big cat breeding can be very risky, but because it's so necessary to the existence of the species they have to try.

There are only about 500 Amur tigers in the wild.

The zoo says it will be breeding Amur leopards as well.