Meet the Cats of Odinâ€™s Temple of the Tiger
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has been the home of tigers since 1968, advocating conservation and awareness of these magnificent animals and educating the public about these critically endangered cats.
The park is home to 10 Bengal and Amur tigers, all of which were raised at the park from the time they were young cubs. The trainers work directly with the cats - basically wild animals that are very well-trained. To get to this point, the trainers worked over time to build a bond and relationship with the animals by raising them from a very young age. Ultimately, they were able to develop a mutual trust and understanding to be able to work with the adult cats today.
Male white Bengal tiger - Born June 17, 2001 - Odin is the namesake and star of the new show. He became world-famous for his underwater feats when photos of his swimming prowess went viral in 2007. As a legacy, his mother was the first white tiger born at the park. He has a very laidback disposition, and tolerates the tiger cubs introduced to him. Though territorial at times, when he does not want to participate in a show, he does not have too. When he gets used to a routine, he does not like change.
Female white Bengal tiger - Born January 3, 1994 - Kashmir is the oldest tiger at the park and is Odin's aunt, i.e., Odin's mother's sister (his father was standard orange though he carried the recessive gene). Nowadays, Kashmir is content to be alone, however, still interacts with her trainers. When she was younger, she helped raise many of the tiger cubs at the park as she had a very even temperament.
Male Bengal tiger - Born May 30, 1997 - One of four siblings, littermate to Devon - Also retired from daily public training sessions; he's considered the most timid of the park's cats and is generally content doing his own thing.
Male Amur tiger - Born August 7, 2004 - One of three Amur tiger siblings, littermate to Kisa and Nikita - Regular participant in the tiger show, Fedor also has prowess underwater. As a cub he learned how to dive by watching Odin except he is not as graceful, often flailing in the water. According to his trainers, Fedor likes to "cheat" - he'll snag the meat with his paw instead of diving underwater, often just using his paw to grab at the meat. Even though he is an adult, he can be quite playful at times; playing and running with his siblings.
Female Amur tiger - Born August 7, 2004 - One of three Amur tiger siblings - littermate to Fedor and Kisa - Nikita is is known for her ability to leap over the water up to 10 feet in the air to the delight of audiences. Known as a little troublemaker, she gets into spats with her siblings, often starting the scuffle.
Female Amur tiger - Born August 7, 2004 - One of three Amur tiger siblings - littermate to Fedor and Nikita - Considered the most mischievous of the park's cats, she'll often try to get away with things that she shouldn't. In the tiger compound, she'll try to sneak past the trainers and go into areas she shouldn't be in - but obviously the trainers can see her. She also likes to run down the compound to visit the other cats, even though they don't like her visiting them.
Female Bengal tiger - Born August 13, 2008 - Although still a cub and learning her boundaries, Akasha is very intuitive and picks up on things quickly, and is very curious. She can be affectionate, and likes to rub up against her trainers. Along with Nalin, she has started to participate in the tiger show and likes to swim in the pool.
Male white Bengal tiger - Born September 6, 2008 - Nalin bears the characteristic white fur, pink nose and blue eyes of a white tiger and is unrelated to Odin and Kashmir. Though still a cub, he has huge feet, big toes - with markings that are lighter in color than Odin's. He has already started putting his head underwater in the shallow end to get at a piece of meat, but hasn't started diving in. He is stubborn and hard-headed, likes to try things his way first.
Male Siberian tiger - Born 2010
Female Siberian tiger - Born 2010