MINOT, N.D. — The Oklahoma City Zoo staff is saying goodbye to Zoya, a female Amur tiger, who will be arriving at her new home at Minot's Roosevelt Park Zoo shortly.

Jennifer Kleen, executive director of the Minot Zoo Crew, said when Zoya arrives she will go through quarantine for a time before she can be seen by the public. She will eventually move into the new tiger facility to be opened at the zoo later this year, Kleen said.

The Minot zoo has two Amur tigers — Viktor, a 7-year-old tiger, and Krapinka, a 19-year-old tiger.

Zoya born in 2017 at Philadelphia Zoo but was rejected by her mother, according to a news release. It is not uncommon among first-time mother tigers to sometimes neglect or reject cubs. As a result, the Oklahoma City Zoo offered to integrate Zoya with their litter of Sumatran tiger cubs born just one day before Zoya and her siblings were born, and their female, 6-year-old Sumatran tiger Lola.

Rendering of Roosevelt Park Zoo's tiger habitat opening later in 2019. Special to Forum News Service
Rendering of Roosevelt Park Zoo's tiger habitat opening later in 2019. Special to Forum News Service

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Zoya now will be moving to Roosevelt Park Zoo as a result of a recommendation through an Association of Zoos & Aquariums-Species Survival Plan.