It was 2018 and the Ballarat Wildlife Park hit the headlines with news that two Sumatran Tigers were going to call the park home.

As part of a globally managed conservation program, Maneki and Satu arrived at the Ballarat Wildlife Park within a few months of each other and were an instant hit with visitors.

Today, the park announced that one of the ‘beautiful’ Sumatran Tigers was put to sleep after consultation with vets and big cats specialists.

Maneki, who would have turned 13 today had two inoperable tumors, which had rapidly developed and would have had a significant impact on her quality of life going forward.

Sumatran Tigers are considered critically endangered and Maneki played an important role in advocating for the breeding program and conservation of her wild counterparts.

The tigers often lead solitary lives in the wild, but the park’s caring team said it would focus on extra time and attention to support male – Satu – as he adjusts to the change.

The Ballarat Wildlife Park is back in action after the lockdown.

There are some changes, and operators recommend double-checking the website before visiting.

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Posted by Ballarat Wildlife Park on Thursday, November 12, 2020

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Author: Dev