Prime News National, Guwahati, July 17:- India’s oldest tiger in captivity died at a age of 20 at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati on Sunday.
Guwahati Zoo authorities stated that ‘Swati’ the tigress died of age-related illness in early morning on Sunday. The Royal Bengal tigress would have been 21 in January 2018.
Born at the Mysore Zoo, Swati was brought to Guwahati in 2005 when she was already a mother of five cubs. The tigress gave birth to six more cubs in Guwahati.
The average life span of a Royal Bengal tiger in the wild is between 14 and 16 years but in captivity the tigers may live up to 26 years.
According to reports, Mysore Zoo born tigress Swati was the oldest living tiger in the country. Some Zoos manage programmes to improve the quality of life of tigers and raise the number of individuals.
Several Zoos work in close collaboration with various conservation and wildlife organizations to help some species recover from extinction.
Some captive tigers could play an essential role in the survival of those in the wild.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)