Belgrade

Khan & Artemis

more than a year ago

In 2009, Belgrade Zoo joined small group of institutions of its kind that can be proud of counting rare white tigers among their animals. A two-year old male named Khan arrived in Belgrade from Indonesia, as a result of exchanging for Kasper, the first white lion born at the Belgrade Zoo. For Khan and his future family, accommodation facilities of extremely high quality have been built. Consisting of an outside space equipped with swimming pools, plants, trees and stones arranged to recreate the tiger's natural environment, as well as an interior designed to provide a comfortable wintering for tigers, Khan has seemed incredibly pleased with his new home.

In early April 2012, Khan was joined by a female white tigar called Artemis, who was born in 2002 and reared in the Czech town of Liberec. For the first few weeks Artemis was unusually shy - she refused to go out in her part of the yard even when Khan was not around. However, lately, she has become very attentive towards Khan, manifesting her good will by randomly (as it seems) scratching her hips against the wall that separates them, during their walk, each one on their part of the yard. As we went to print, there was no word yet on when Khan and Artemis would be providing the zoo with additional white tiger cubs.

For those who are not overly familiar with white tigers, we should also mention two pieces of general information about them. First, the unqiue color of their fur makes being camouflaged in nature rather difficult, which is why this species cannot survive in the wild. Today, the white tiger is found only in zoos and national parks. And second, white tigers should not be confused with albino tigers, which are just albino specimens of other species of tigers.

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