Zia is a cracker of a cat. She has a kaleidoscopic character, which captivates all with whom it collides. She can be catty yet cuddly, stuck-up but sweet. During the summer months she is quite content to while away the hours sun worshipping .
Zia is a trendy miss and is sure to always look her best. Wet mornings are a particular no-no, a good job indeed that Zia doesn't have to endure the Indian monsoon season! She is ever so prim and proper and gracefully feminine. A very pretty tigress, with exquisite markings and a unique, sandy colouring (due to her being a carrier of the white gene) and fab whiskers, Zia draws much attention from us lesser beings. Not in the least camera-shy, she rarely tires of posing for clicks.
Zia is not the easiest cat to cater for. There are times when you can do nothing to please, the foods wrong, the affection's wrong, the lack of affection's wrong! Zia may be obnoxious at times but has ways of making things up with her enchanting nature. When it comes to the crunch, she seems to value the relationship that she has with Zena and her human companions. She may act at little spoilt at times and can be very attention seeking but, really, she is truly special cat. Zia is our oldest tiger , she was 21 yrs young in Dec 2016.
Simi is an ex circus tiger who was seized in 2013,on welfare grounds from a German travelling circus outside Hamburg.She wa stakenalong with her sister Julia, to a rescue facility in Belgium.Unfortunately the two sister became unsettled living together so it was decided to separate them,Julia was offered a home at another UK zoo..
When we heard about Simi's story we decided to provide her with a lifelong home.
Simi became internationally renowned overnight when her plight was bought to the attention of David Cameron,via Isle of Wight MP, Andrew Turner,duringPrime Ministers Quesions in the House of Commons in Sept 2015.
Simi arrived at the Isle of Wight Zoo in January 2016.Despite being ill treated while she lived in the circus, she is a calm ,confident and friendly tigress.She is very bright and curious and takes great interest in her surroundings.
We have no past records for Simi and therfore do not know where she was born , but we assume she was bred in the circus, so is therefore likely a mix of Indian and Siberian bloodlines.
Simi is a pretty , petite tigress with fabulous whiskersand a spritely attitude.We look forward to showing her that humans can be kind and be her friend.