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Hello tiger! Melati eyes a handsome mate

London Zoo welcomes big cat from Denmark

31 January, 2019 — By Geoffrey Sawyer

Sumatran tiger Asim, ‘confident cat known for being affectionate with the ladies’

ANIMAL experts-turned-matchmakers at London Zoo believe they may have come up with a pawsome new date for their female tiger.

Melati was teamed up on Tuesday with Asim, a seven-year-old male tiger from a safari park in Denmark, in the hope they will mate.

He was making himself at home in the den this week.

“Asim is a handsome, confident cat who is known for being very affectionate with the ladies in his life – we’re hoping he’ll be the perfect mate for our beautiful Melati,” said Kathryn Sanders, head tiger keeper at the zoo in Regent’s Park.

The zoo’s previous male tiger, Jae Jae, has moved to a new home in Paris.

Jo Cook, who coordinates the European Endangered Species Programme for Sumatran tigers, said: “With just 400 critically endangered Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild, it’s important that tigers like Jae Jae and Melati are given the opportunity to have cubs with other mates – to ensure genetic diversity across the world’s zoos and ultimately to safeguard the future of the species.”

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