Chester Zoo has welcomed a new male tiger as part of their mission to protect his species from extinction.
‘Handsome’ Dash has been chosen through the breeding programme for his genetic match with the zoo’s female tiger Kasarna.
Dash is a Sumatran tiger, one of the rarest big cats on the planet, with as few as 400 in the wild.
The three-year-old big cat has travelled from Fota Wildlife Park in Ireland to hopefully hit it off and mate with Kasarna, who was born at Chester Zoo in 2015.
The critically-endangered tiger is described by Chester Zoo staff as ‘handsome and confident’.
In the wild, the tigers are only found on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, where as little as 7% of its original habitat remains.
Sumatran tigers are excellent swimmers thanks to their webbed paws, and have stripes that are closer together than most other species of the big cat.
Mike Jordan, director of Animals and Plants at Chester Zoo, said: “Dash is a handsome, confident young tiger and he’s quickly settled into his new surroundings. He’s been carefully matched with female tiger Kasarna, based on his age, character and his genetics, and we’re hopeful that they’ll soon strike up a close bond and, one day, go on to have cubs.
“Sumatran tigers are exceptionally rare and, sadly, their wild population continues to feel enormous pressure from mass-scale habitat loss, poaching and human-tiger conflict.
“Their prospect of survival is hanging by a thread and the endangered species breeding programme, run by Europe’s leading conservation zoos, is a vitally important part of the international effort to ensure these magnificent animals are here for generations to come. Every single cub could be critical to its future.
“Without conservation efforts like these, the future for the Sumatran tiger may soon look similar to that of Javan, Caspian and Balinese tigers, which heartbreakingly are all now extinct. We have it in our power not to let that happen and we’re going to do everything we can to ensure it doesn’t.”
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Kids & Family
Asda is offering FREE warm breakfasts to all children this half term
Asda has announced that all children across the UK will be able to tuck into a warm breakfast for free this upcoming half term.
With the cost of living crisis sadly continuing to make its impact felt nationwide, and inflation now at a 40-year record high, Asda has announced that it has teamed up with Quaker Oats to offer all children a warm breakfast completely free of charge from all its in-store cafes across the UK while schools are out this February half term.
The new offer means children will be able to get a free bowl of Quaker porridge from 8am to 12pm every day at all 205 Asda cafes.
Asda says it has decided to introduce the offer after recent research from charity Magic Breakfast has shown that 81% of schools believe child hunger has increased in their community over the last year, and 94% believe poverty has increased.
The supermarket retailer says it expects to be serving up 50,000 bowls of porridge to children across the country.
“We know when families are preparing for the school holidays it can often mean an additional strain on household budgets,” says Kris Comerford, Asda’s Chief Commercial Officer.
“We remain as committed as ever to supporting our customers in tackling these tough times.
“Our café initiatives continue to provide a lifeline for over 1.5 million customers since we launched them last year, and we hope by offering a free warm breakfast in the February half term, it will help support many more in the coming weeks.”
“This initiative means we can play a small part in getting a warm, nutritious breakfast to people who really need it this winter.”
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Kids & Family
Japanese-Brazilian hybrid, SakkuSamba, is putting on a special Valentine’s menu
For anyone who hasn’t made it down to SakkuSamba, not only are you missing out but you might have also just found the perfect place to take your special someone this Valentine’s Day.
If you haven’t heard of this unique Spinningields restaurant before, SakkuSamba is the Japanese-Brazilian hybrid where surf and turf meet in an intimate and stylish setting.
From the moment you walk in to see the pink-hued lighting and floral surroundings, you immediately feel like you’ve been transported to a different world. And what better way to be greeted into that world than with a rose and a glass of fizz? Say no more.
That’s right, as part of their Valentine‘s offer, the menu not only kicks off with you being presented with a rose by the ever-welcoming staff, which you can then hand to your partner as if you planned the whole thing especially for them (we won’t say a word), but you also get a glass of prosecco on arrival too.
SakkuSamba’s Valentine’s offering runs from 13-15 February and promises their unlimited dining experience as well as a special sharing dessert. You can book a lunchtime meal for £42.50 or secure yourself an incredible dinner for £55.50.
In case you’re wondering what makes it ‘unlimited’: part of what makes their dining experience so unique is how expansive their menu is, bridging across two beloved but equally varied cuisines.
Lucky for you, you’ll be able to order pretty much everything they have on it through a simple tablet on your own table, meaning you can spend even more time just the two of you on your special night.
As for the limited edition Valentine’s dessert, SakkuSamba’s Manchester restaurant will be creating its very own special sharing dessert and that’s all we’re allowed to tell you about it — all we know is that it’ll undoubtedly be delicious.