Billings, MT - The director of ZooMontana says the Billings zoo hopes to bring in two Siberian tigers from Florida, possibly as early as this summer.
Zoo director Jeff Ewelt tells The Billings Gazette the two 18-month-old females need a home and ZooMontana has room after the death last month of the zoo's 19-year-old Siberian tiger, Prince.
ZooMontana lost its accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2011 due to financial difficulties, prompting the Philadelphia Zoo to remove two tigers.
Ewelt says the zoo is now on more solid financial footing and its lack of accreditation does not hinder obtaining new animals.
Siberian tigers are an endangered species found in the wild in the northern forests of Russia, China and the Korean peninsula. Only about 500 of the animals remain in the wild.
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