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Endangered Siberian Tigers Befriend German Shepherds At Wildlife Sanctuary (17 Pics)

This is the story of an amazing friendship between a pair of endangered Siberian tigers and three German shepherds.

It takes place in a wildlife sanctuary, the group are inseparable and consist of dogs Blacky, Jenny and Hugo and big cat Suria and cub Sunny.

Suria the Siberian tiger was bred at the wildlife sanctuary and has grown up alongside Jenny the German shepherd, right


Suria and Jenny (pictured) grew up together at the sanctuary.

Despite the believed animosity between cats and dogs, these guys love spending time with each other.

According to workers at the wildlife park, the tigers and the dogs are inseparable, despite a believed animosity between cats and dogs

They love play fighting but never actually hurt each other, they have been inseparable since Suria was born.


The dogs and the tigers enjoy playing with each other and often engage in play fights, but never inflict any damage on each other

In an even more unexpected result, Sunny, the newest addition seems to be following in Surias footsteps and has become good friends with the pups too.

Suria the tiger was born in the wildlife reserve in Slovakia some two years ago and grew up alongside the the German shepherds

They have a daily playtime where the whole group play together and often excitedly chase each other.

Suria, left, and Hugo, right, were introduced to each other soon after they were born some two years ago

These photos were taken by Lucia Zustakova, a visitor and Martin Ziman, a volunteer at the sanctuary.

Sunny, the four-month-old cub is already friendly with the dogs and seems highly likely to continue the unusual friendship

“It is nice to see it all and it is so amazing when you are so near these beautiful animals.”


Since first being introduced, the dogs and the tigers have been the best of friends much to the delight of visitors

“Suria plays with the dogs every day and they just love her.”

“I love animals and love the oasis – it’s a great project to help these tigers that are facing extinction.”

Suria's cub Sunny, who is four months old, seems also to be calm around the dogs and appears willing to continue the unusual friendship

The Oasis is run by Yveta Irsova and was opened in 1999 with the aim of rescuing a small population of tigers from extinction.

Suria, right, playfully uses her powerful left paw on one of her canine friends, in what in the wild would have been a killer move

With many tiger species already extinct, Yveta and her team are dedicated to preventing this outcome for the Siberian tiger.


The unusual friendship has developed at the Oasis wildlife sanctuary in Senec, Slovakia over the past two years 

“The dogs are almost the same age as Suria and have grown up together. They spend most of the time together.”


 The oasis is run by Yveta Irsova, who also owns the dogs. It opened in 1999 and houses 28 tigers, 23 of which were born there

“They are really like siblings and play together all day long. They never hurt each other.”

The sanctuary aims to rescue a small population of tigers from extinction and contribute to the genetic pool for the breeding lions

Staff members at the park believe the group behave much more like siblings rather than ‘rival species.’


Yveta and her staff are completely passionate about trying to stop the Siberian tigers from becoming extinct with her breeding programme

The breeding programme aims at the scientific spreading of genetic diversity of the remaining Siberian tigers across the world

The dogs and the tigers have no problems socialising with each other because they spent such an amount of time growing up together

The Siberian tiger is facing extinction because of hunting and a loss of its natural habitat in its native home in far eastern Russia

The breeding programme hopes to scientifically spread the genetic diversity of the remaining Siberian tigers across the world 

Workers at the park believe that the dogs and the tigers behave more like siblings rather than rival species 

Joe Kahlo

Written by Joe Kahlo

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