Love is a Battlefield
Pictured here are two adult tigers, Shadow and Ron, fighting before mating. Shadow (the female) was bred in South Africa at Hoopstad, and grew up as a litter-mate of Seatao. She was born on February 6, 2004, and came to Tiger Canyons in April 2004. Ron, brother of Julie, came from Bowmansville Zoo in Canada in 1999.
Together, Shadow and Ron produce a litter of four cubs: Corbett, Sariska, Panna, and one cub who dies in infancy, accidentally crushed by Shadow herself. It is a sad but common occurrence with first-time tiger mothers.
Ron is the dominant male at Tiger Canyons until 2010, when he is killed in a territorial fight.