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ENDANGERED SIBERIAN TIGERS AT DETROIT ZOO BENEFIT FROM IMPROVED EXHIBIT AND CORPORATE EFFORTS

ENDANGERED SIBERIAN TIGERS AT DETROIT ZOO BENEFIT FROM IMPROVED EXHIBIT
 AND CORPORATE EFFORTS
 DETROIT, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Mikhayl and Sasha, Siberian tigers from the Detroit Zoo's collection of endangered species, will be "adopted" during the zoo's annual Adopt-an-Animal Appreciation Day. An adoption ceremony for the North Asian cats will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, in front of the newly renovated tiger exhibit.
 Uniroyal Tire, which has used the tiger as its marketing symbol and developed the Tiger Paw brand of tires, will become the proud parent of the rare tigers and will be on site to distribute 100 stuffed tigers to the zoo's Adopt-an-Animal Club members age 12 and younger. All club members will receive free admission to the zoo and a free lunch, an eight-year tradition started by Acting Director Khadejah Shelby.
 The Detroit Zoo's tigers are part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which is managed by the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums. The SSP keeps track of the lineage of endangered species and provides the most ideal pairings for superior breeding to perpetuate the species.
 According to Detroit Zoo Mammal Curator Scott Carter, the Detroit Zoo plans to breed its tigers within the next year. Currently, there are 175 Siberian tigers in the nation's SSP program and only a few hundred remain in the wild.
 "Our renovated exhibit expanded the interior cubbing den and enhances the quality of care we can provide as our tigers prepare to breed," Carter said.
 Uniroyal spokesperson Irwin Gerber, vice president, Uniroyal Brand Tires, said the company is excited to present its financial contribution which will go toward the care and well-being of the two tigers as part of the Adopt-an-Animal program. "The tiger holds a special place for the Uniroyal family and we are interested in supporting preservation efforts," he said. "We want to help guarantee that the children of the future will have the opportunity to see these beautiful animals."
 Shelby couldn't be happier. "We certainly welcome Uniroyal's support of our efforts to preserve the Siberian tiger and, hopefully, remove it from the endangered species list in the not too distant future."
 Sasha and Mikhayl have been on exhibit at the Detroit Zoo since 1985. They were born in captivity in 1984 -- Sasha in Baton Rouge, La., and Mikhayl in Topeka, Kan.
 A variety of animals can be adopted at the Detroit Zoo. Membership prices vary, with funds supporting the zoo's food budget. For more information about joining the Adopt-an-Animal Club or for giving a membership as a gift, call 313-398-0903.
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 /CONTACT: Denise Bateman of Hermanoff & Associates, Inc., 313-851-3993, for the Detroit Zoo/ CO: Uniroyal Tire; Detroit Zoo ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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