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1950

The first tiger enclosure is built

By Chester Zoo

The completion of a tiger enclosure enabled the zoo to move two tigers into their new, permanent home. The tigers, Cheka and Sultan, took no time at all to get acquainted with their new quarters. Before arriving at the zoo these two beautiful creatures spent their time in small cages with a travelling circus, so George Mottershead was extremely pleased to see them settling in to their large enclosure.

Before the arrival of the two tigers, the zoo had never had its own before. George took care of one or two tigers that were brought to the zoo during the war.

In Issue 102 (1950) of Our Zoo News, George Mottershead wrote:

"We have repeatedly stated that in our view, as far as it is humanly possible, our object is to exhibit the animals in natural conditions, which means dispensing with cages. For some months now we have been busily engaged in the construction of a large open enclosure for our Tigers and we hope to have this completed and in use by Easter...we have also constructed a fairly large pool for water as Tigers are extremely fond of bathing."

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