31/01/2019

Goodbye to Tia and George

​Bristol Zoo Gardens’ Brazilian tapirs, Tia and George, are getting ready to move.

The pair, who have lived at the Zoo all their lives, are heading for the Peak Wildlife Park in Staffordshire. George, who is eight, and Tia, who is six, are going to join another tapir who is currently on her own at the park.  

Tia and George will be leaving Bristol Zoo soon but will not be making the journey north alone. One of their keepers, Shani Ratnayake, will be going along with them so they have someone they know when they arrive.  

Shani, a mammals’ senior keeper at Bristol Zoo, will stay with them for a short time to ensure they have settled in well.  

Brazilian tapirs come from the lowland regions of northern and central South America and can live up to 35 years.

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