Happy birthday Daseep! Marmite treat for Dudley tigress turning eight

By Megan Archer | Dudley | Attractions | Published:

A striking Sumatran tigress is celebrating her eighth birthday at Dudley Zoo today

Daseep the tigress

Popular orange and white cat Daseep had visitors queuing up to wish her well on her special day, as she enjoyed a Marmite treat to celebrate the occasion.

Daseep is ranked as the second most important female in the genetic species pool, and has been at the Black Country attraction since she was about 18 months old after transferring from Germany.

She was born in Frankfurt Zoo, and postcards featuring her furry face as a baby are still available to purchase from the gift shop in Germany.

Daseep spent her birthday lapping up her favourite Marmite snack – which she managed to keep all to herself, as male Joao is not a fan.

Senior Big Cat Keeper, Sarah Evans, said: “Daseep is a real favourite at Dudley and we’ve received several birthday cards for her.

"She gets visitors from far and wide, including Germany where she was born and lived before she came here six and a half years ago.”

Last month husband and wife Peter Kronenberger and Katni Heider, from near Frankfurt Zoo where Daseep was born, brought Marmite supplies and a Frankfurt Zoo postcard of Daseep as a baby.

The couple are among Daseep’s many adopters and fan.

Sumatran tigers live until they are about 15 to 20 years old.

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Deputy Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

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