Whenever I go to the Animal Discovery section of the Greensboro Science Center (formerly known as the Natural Science Center, in Greensboro, NC, at Country Park off Lawndale Drive), I always look forward to seeing the tigers, Axl and Kisa. At first, I had thought that these two tigers were mates, but they are actually twins, brother and sister, who were born here in North Carolina at Conservation Center in Mebane. They will be nine years old in August. The reason I thought they were mates, other than being a male and a female housed together, is that Kisa fusses at Axl sometimes, and it is very much like how wives fuss at their husbands for various things!
The tigers have a very large enclosure, and Axl usually paces around it (as in the above picture), marking his territory, while Kisa usually reclines somewhere. Occasionally they both walk around, and it is fun to see the way they interact with each other. The enclosure has some wonderful big rocks to climb on and lots of greenery to explore. There are two glassed-in viewing areas that protrude into the enclosure, and both tigers will walk very close by, allowing for some excellent pictures.
The only thing the tiger habitat seems to be missing is a water feature. Tigers are adept swimmers, and they like to swim and play in the water. Maybe the keepers were afraid they would get too playful and splash the zoo visitors!
I have taken several good pictures of the twin tigers…click above photo to see the images and captions!