- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Brandywine Zoo is losing its only tiger to a zoo in New York as part of a conservation program aimed to protecting endangered species.

Officials said Friday that Zhanna, an 8-year-old Amur tiger, is scheduled to be transferred to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo in January. Officials say the relocation is part of species survival plan, and that Zhanna’s genetic profile and age make her a good candidate for breeding.

Amur tigers are an endangered species, with fewer than 500 living in small populations in far eastern Russia and northeast China.

Zhanna was born at the St. Louis Zoo and was 3 when she arrived at the Brandywine Zoo in 2011.

Officials say there are no plans, at this time, to add another tiger at the Brandywine Zoo.

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