Popsy arrived in Cincinnati from Nashville in June 1996. She and her sister Erica were named after the late Erich Kunzel, conductor of the Cincinnati Pops orchestra who was a great supporter of the Cat Ambassador Program. She spent the last 10 years with male companion Akere, who died in December.
White tigers have been at the Cincinnati Zoo since 1974 and have been popular with visitors.
“Popsy was a great animal ambassador for her species for more than two decades and a favorite with our zoo guests,” said Mike Land, Team Lead at Night Hunters and one of Popsy’s caregivers. “For the last 12 years she was the “Queen of Cat Canyon” and she let the other tigers know it. Her presence will be greatly missed.”
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