Hamilton Zoo welcomes three new residents, including male tiger Scout

calendar iconPosted 4 August 2023

The following article was published in the Waikato Herald on August 4 2023. Article by Danielle Zollickhofer.

Hamilton Zoo is excited to welcome three new residents: including a breeding male Sumatran tiger, Scout, a siamang gibbon Peggy and a red panda Sang.

The arrival of the trio has been several years in the making and brings along new opportunities for the zoo, especially in the case of Scout. He has been matched with resident female tiger Kirana and the zoo is hoping to hear the pitter-patter of tiny paws later this year.

“At the moment they are [in neighbouring enclosures] and the signs are good, they seem to get along well,” says Hamilton Zoo exotics curator Mark Turner.


Scout is a 7-year-old male who was born at Australia Zoo and has come to the Waikato from Christchurch’s Orana Wildlife Park.

Sang, a 3-year-old male, has joined Hamilton Zoo’s 8-year-old female Jamuna, in a newly renovated enclosure, and while there are currently no plans for the pair to breed, the zoo is eyeing up different options in the future.