Two female Siberian tigers that have been living at a Florida zoo are expected to arrive at their new home in Billings next week.
ZooMontana director Jeff Ewelt tells The Billings Gazette ( ) the 19-month-old tigers are coming from Dade City's Wild Things near Tampa, Florida. Ewelt says RBC Wealth Management is paying for the $4,000 cost of the cross-country trip in a climate-controlled truck.
ZooMontana employees have been doing some work on the tiger enclosure, which was left empty after the death of 18-year-old tiger Prince earlier this year. Ewelt says glass panels that had been cracked have been replaced and new signs installed.
Female Siberian tigers are expected to live for about 20 years in captivity, compared to about 14 years in the wild. Only about 500 Siberian tigers remain in the wild.