Bioparc's Asmara, the oldest tigress in Europe, has died

Asmara at the Bioparc in Fuengirola a few years ago.
Asmara at the Bioparc in Fuengirola a few years ago. / SUR
  • The Sumatran tiger had lived in Fuengirola since the park opened in mid-2001

Asmara, a Sumatran tiger that has lived in Fuengirola Bioparc since it opened in mid-2001, has died at the age of 19.

She was the longest living tigress in the European conservation programme and the third oldest in the international Sumatran tiger conservation programme.

Asmara, who had several offspring and lived with several males, had never suffered with any health problems until well into her old age.

According to her vet, Jesús Recuero, Asmara had a firm and confident character in front of her fellow tigers but at the same time she was relaxed and confident in the presence of her usual carers.

In 2014 she was diagnosed with a degenerative disease for which she has been treated ever since.

However, four weeks ago her health deteriorated and her passing has left a huge void in the park.