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He’s Grrreat; New Tiger at Rolling Hills Zoo

Todd Pittenger - September 18, 2015 5:11 pm

Foli, a 12-year-old Amur Tiger, is ready to eat Friday afternoon at Rolling Hills Zoo.

The newest addition to Salina’s Rolling Hills Zoo is already a big hit, with visitors and staff alike. As a matter of fact you could say that he is grrreat.

Foli, a 12-year-old endangered Amur Tiger, is now on display.

Zoo Carnivore Keeper Linae Rench-Vopat tells KSAL News that though he came to Rolling Hills in late February, Foli just recently was moved to a brand new refurbished exhibit, and for the first time is on display for the public to see. “Our landscapers did an excellent job, this new exhibit is beautiful,” she said.

Foli comes to Rolling Hills from the Columbus Zoo. He weighs 330 pounds, and eats 9.5 pounds of beef a day. “He has such a great personality, he really loves people,”  Rench-Vopat said.

The small wild population of Amur tigers has led to them being classified as endangered, mainly because of humans, and poaching. Their colorful fur make them attractive to trophy hunters, and they are also hunted to be used for production of some far-east medicines.

Foli is currently the only tiger at Rolling Hills. Back in August the zoo lost its beloved white tiger Raja, who was nearly 20-years-old.

Rench-Vopat says that 20 is about the life expectancy for a tiger in captivity. At age 12, Foli  still has many good years ahead. And if the zoo were to acquire a female, he could reproduce. He previously sired triplet cubs.

Foli is currently on display, in the newly renovated tiger habitat, at Rolling hills Zoo.



Zoo Carnivore Keeper Linae Rench-Vopat feeds Foli a fish treat Friday afternoon.



Foli weighs 330 pounds, and eats 9.5 pounds of beef a day.


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