Madison’s Vilas Park Zoo Loses 18-Year-Old Amur Tiger

7/24/17 – Madison announced the death of Cyber on Friday. Zoo director Ronda Schwetz calls Cyber a “well-loved ambassador of his species.”  She says Amur tigers normally live for 10-14 years in the wild, and 14-16 years in captivity — and at 18, Cyber’s health was watched carefully by zoo staffers, who decided to euthanize him once his health got worse. The Madison zoo also has an eight-year-old female tiger named Cali, and the zoo will work with a survival program to get a companion soon.