Shamana laps up the attention

Shamana, the Darling Downs Zoo’s new tiger, prowls around her enclosure yesterday.
Shamana, the Darling Downs Zoo’s new tiger, prowls around her enclosure yesterday. Dave Noonan

LIONS and tigers and bears, oh my!

Darling Downs Zoo is now just shy of boasting a trio of ferociously famous animals after the arrival of Shamana the tiger this week.

Shamana, who travelled to the Downs from another zoo in Tasmania, has been cutting a spectacular figure as hundreds of school children pour through the gates at Pilton this week.

Zoo owner Stephanie Robinson swapped Shamana for a pair of rare Macaw birds after the nine-year-old tiger refused to get along with her half-sister or an arranged mate in Tasmania.

The last tiger to take up residence at Darling Downs Zoo was a 24-year-old male who died of old age about two years ago.

It was obvious Mrs Robinson was happy to have a replacement as she played with Shamana yesterday.

“She's just beautiful,” Mrs Robinson smiled.

The zoo also has four new Blackbuck, an Indian antelope species, which includes a baby that is currently being hand-reared.

The Darling Downs Zoo is open every day of the school holidays from 9am to 4pm and visitors can experience reptile demonstrations, a South American animal tour and even watch the lions feed.

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