Guidelines for Successful and Safe Tiger Breeding Introductions

This webinar was presented on November 14th, 2022 by the Tiger Husbandry Advisory Team (THAT)

Introducing tigers for breeding can be a very stressful experience especially to inexperienced staff, as the natural behaviors of this species can lead to aggression during the introduction event. The Tiger Husbandry Advisory Team (THAT) put together this webinar to help staff identify when a female is in estrus cycle (and therefore receptive to the male) to help set the breeding pair up for success. This webinar will include information on the physiology of the Tigers reproductive cycle, detailed information on how you can identify when a Tiger is in estrus and what are appropriate, affiliative behaviors from a male. We will be showing several video examples to help prepare your staff for introductions and breeding.

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A second webinar in this series, Guidelines for Successful and Safe Tiger Breeding Introductions: Ready to Introduce  was held in January 2023.

Disclaimer: This webinar is advisory in nature, informational in content, and intended to assist facilities in providing a safe and healthful environment. Considerations therein do not replace or override any applicable federal, state, or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Content may not address all of the safety and husbandry concerns for a specific facility. It is the responsibility of each facility through the application of technical judgment and experience to determine the appropriate procedures for that facility. Views expressed in the webinar are solely those of the speakers and not AZA.