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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 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.

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

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.

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

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

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


“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.”

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

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

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


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

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

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

Written by Joe Kahlo

After years of writing in the financial industry, Joe was finally able to focus his writing on what he loves, Animals!