Our Year of The Tigers photographic exhibition got off to a gr.r.r.eat start yesterday!
The outdoor gallery, which offers a snapshot of the past 12 months at DZG for tigresses Tschuna and Daseep and showcases stunning images by Talvinder Chohan, was officially opened by wildlife photographer, Phil Brooks.
Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “Talvinder has been working on a tiger conservation project with our Media team since December and his photographs so capture the spirit of our two female tigers that we decided to share his work with our visitors.” She added: “It has been a great privilege for everyone at DZG to witness both an Amur and a Sumatran tiger sharing the same space and observe these magnificent creatures grow from playful cubs to inquisitive juveniles and Talvinder’s photographs offer a visual record of their journey to maturity.” Distinct physical differences between the species, which are among the rarest in the world, are clearly showcased in the exhibition which spans the upper and lower levels of the Tecton tiger enclosure. Amateur photographer Talvinder, a biologist, from Birmingham, said: “I have always wanted to have my own exhibition; I can’t believe that dream has come true and especially for it to be on tigers, it’s just perfect, I can’t thank Dudley Zoo staff enough.” He added: “Guests came up to chat about the images I love talking about my photography, and to have people show interest immediately was great!” Wildlife photographer, Phil Brooks, said: “Talvinder has shown immense skill, patience and dedication through these images and the open air gallery offers a pefect arena to showcase his work right alongside those two amazing big cats.”
DZG CEO Peter Suddock, Head of Media and Communications Jill Hitchman, wildlife photographer Phil Brooks and Talvinder Chohan at the launch of the exhibition.