Progressive zoos like Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens are fast becoming a last refuge for many species as their natural homes are destroyed by the greed of man. The wild tigers of Sumatra are now down to a few hundred which is a fraction of their former numbers. Their forest habitat is being destroyed so fast that the remaining tigers are lucky to be alive and have little chance of meeting to produce another generation.
All Sumatran Tigers in the care of zoos are being managed to ensure that one day, if and when really safe areas in their homeland can be established, there will be animals to aid restocking.
Even when they were numerous and their home untouched by humans, the tigers were rarely seen. It is only in the safety of zoos that we can enjoy the certain privilege of viewing and appreciating this and other species. Their appreciation is a good step to accepting that we have a duty to ensure their perpetuation.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens is a strong supporter of The World Zoo Conservation Strategy of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
The collection of animals at Thrigby was the first to be signed over in entirety to the Joint Management of Species Programme. Amur Leopard
A common belief is that all leopards live in the tropics of Africa and Asia, but this is not so.The Amur Leopard is at home in the harsh regions of Korea and Russia. The Leopard could survive in all parts of its natural range if it were tolerated and not persecuted by man.
Willow Pattern Garden
This garden is full of birdlife. The legend of the Willow Pattern Garden shown on Blue Pattern plates can be summarized as follows. The Chinese scenes depict a widely held belief of the story about the Mandarin's daughter who fell in love with her father's poor secretary, their elopement, pursual and transformation into a pair of doves.
Lime Tree Lookout
The lime tree lookout provides an excellent vantage point from which to study the various wildfowl in the willow pattern lake.
Tiger Tree Walk
The tiger tree walk high in the trees is not for the faint hearted. It is a special walk constructed in the trees which surround the tigers' enclosure to provide the opportunity for an excellent birds' eye view.
Explore the Swamp House and Forest House to discover our collection of reptiles. You will find Reticulated Pythons, Burmese Pythons, Green Tree Pythons, Short Tailed Pythons, Gecko, Asian Water Dragons and Mangrove Snakes.