During the summer of 2013 we received a phone call from the rangers of the RSCN who had confiscated two tiger cubs being smuggled across the border from Saudi Arabia. The cubs were being brought over with the view of keeping them in illegal private ownership in the man's garden! How would someone do that? You may ask yourself, however this is quite common practice and one which we combat on a daily basis.
The tigers arrived at New Hope where they received the immediate medical care they needed and we then set about the task of rehabilitating their mental state. Once their initial rehabilitation was complete the pair were moved to their larger outdoor enclosure where the rehabilitation continued in preparation for their move to Al Mawa Wildlife Reserve. For the first week, the tigers would slowly creep around the new enclosure not too sure what to make of all the space they had. This was the first time they had been on natural earth and that was also quite a surprise for them. The grasses in the enclosure proved to be quite fascinating to them!
Now a few years on Tash and Sky are very much at home at New Hope, splashing in their pool and chasing each other about and we look forward to seeing them settled at Al Mawa very soon.