Meet Cassie the tiger on free zoo day Saturday
• Tigers are usually solitary, except for a female with cubs, or during the breeding season. The territories of males do not overlap those of other males, nor female territories with other females. But, the much larger male territories will overlap those of several females.
• They will eat whatever they can catch, but prefer larger hoofed mammals like deer and wild pigs. Cassie is fed a commercially prepared carnivore diet, along with a variety of other meats.
• Of the eight original Tiger subspecies, only five remain.
The Bali, Javan, and Caspian are now extinct. The remaining five (Siberian, Bengal, Indo-Chinese, South China, and Sumatran) cling to survival over a greatly diminished range.
- In spite of la ws to protect them, they are illegally hunted for certain body parts, which are mistakenly believed to have medicinal purposes, as well as for their beautiful fur. Habitat destruction is another serious threat to their continued existence.
Cassie, an 11-year-old Bengal tiger, arrived at the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary in 2009 from Nebraska.
After months of searching for a tiger needing a home, sanctuary officials found Cassie at the Northeast Nebraska Zoo in Royal, Nebraska.
The Nebraska zoo was closing its doors and had to find new homes for all its animals, including Cassie and her two brothers Victor and William.
Cassie found her new home here in Prescott and has been a local favorite for visitors of all ages.
The public is invited to come meet Cassie and all the other animals at the sanctuary for free during Community Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.
The annual event offers free admission to all guests as a small “thank you” for the support received from the community over the past year.
Guests are able to visit the 200-plus animal residents, experience interactive animal encounters, meet animals up close, and participate in fun games and activities, all at no charge.
For more information, call Alex at 928-778-4242, ext 16. Learn more about Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary at: http://www.heritageparkzoo.org