Purrrrrfect Valentine’s Day for tender loving tigers at Drayton Manor Zoo

Monday February 8 2016

Keepers at Drayton Manor Zoo are preparing for a wild Valentine’s Day as its pair of critically endangered Sumatran tigers simply can’t keep their paws off one another!

With their strong muscles, stunning stripes and affectionate attitudes, it was lust at first sight for Dua and Dora who have not been able to get enough of each other since they first met in February 2015.

When the pair were introduced to the park, feisty female Dora needed no encouragement to entice her new male companion and it seems now she’s got her claws into her man she has no intention of letting him go!

The Zoo takes conservation seriously and has moved both Dua and Dora across the oceans to be together! As part of The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) the family owned park works closely with zoos across the UK undertaking significant work in the field of animal welfare, conservation, education and research. With less than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world and the species classified as critically endangered on the IUCN conservation red list, it’s more important than ever for the team to encourage their breeding.

“It’s clear to see the love that these two have; they always make time for each other and appreciate the little things in life to keep the spark alive! They’re not afraid to show PDA’s and enjoy a bit of rough and tumble which we think is the secret to their happiness” said Alan Carter, Head Keeper at Drayton Manor Zoo.

Staff at the Zoo are hopeful that the amorous lovers’ will soon produce a cub.

Alan added, “We’re all keeping our fingers crossed for the pitter patter of tiny tiger paws and the team here has been doing all it can to encourage their mating; from setting up romantic twilight dinners to playing love songs into their enclosure!”

The public can see Dua and Dora, along with over 100 other animal species, when the Zoo and Europe’s only Thomas Land™ attraction* re-open for the upcoming half-term holiday, Saturday 13th to Sunday 21st February 2016. They will also be open for two special Thomas & Friends™ Weekends taking place on 27th and 28th February and the 5th and 6th March, ahead of the whole park opening for the main season on 12th March 2016.

The 2016 season runs from Saturday 12th March until Friday 28th October, with the Firework Spectacular weekend taking place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October. The award winning Magical Christmas event will be on selected dates from 19th November to 31st December.

To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1950. Reduced prices are available for tickets bought in advance. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Theme Park join it on Twitter www.twitter.com/Draytonmanor and Facebook www.facebook.com/DraytonManorPark

Please note: The park will be closed to the public on Wednesday 8th June and Sunday 11th September 2016.

*Selected rides open throughout the week.

Notes to Editor

About Drayton Manor
Drayton Manor Theme Park Ltd, opened to the public in 1950 by the Bryan family, is one of the UK’s most popular family attractions with over one million visitors a year. George and Vera Bryan OBE, converted 80 acres of derelict land, which once belonged to Sir Robert Peel; MP & PM to Queen Victoria and her family, into today’s wonderful multi award-winning family attraction, combining thrill rides with a conservation zoo plus catering and conference facilities.

Today, Drayton Manor Theme Park, still family owned and run by second and third generation family members, covers 286 acres of beautiful woodland and countryside and features some of the wildest and scariest rides around. Rides include: Roller-Coasters - Shockwave, Ben 10: Ultimate Mission and G-force. Major rides: Maelstrom, Apocalypse and Storm Force 10, our wettest ride. It is home to the hugely popular Thomas Land™ featuring many named Thomas & Friends™ character rides for the children and adults alike. Thomas Land™ at Drayton Manor is the only one of its kind in Europe. The park’s 152 seat 4D Cinema, over 50 rides and attractions makes for a truly unforgettable day.

A four-star Hotel onsite featuring 150 rooms includes Thomas & Friends™ themed rooms all sleeping four to six guests, family rooms, executive rooms and presidential rooms. It also features two bars, two sublime restaurants and a relaxing lounge. Within Drayton Manor Park and hotel we have three large conference rooms for functions and exhibitions as well as an idyllic wedding facility for up to 400 guests.

The popular Grill Inn Steak Restaurant and bar is adjacent to the hotel, seats up to 150 guests and is open all year round.
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