Jacksonville Zoo To Show New Tiger Cub This Weekend

Posted on February 11, 2016, 7:05 am
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How cute is this little adorable Sumatran Tiger cub? Not named yet, this tiny cub was born in Jacksonville Zoo at the end of November to mother Dorcas and father Berani. This is the first Sumatran tiger cub to be born in 35 years at the zoo and this coming Saturday the cub who is now 18 pounds with venture out into her new enclosure ‘ Land of the Tiger’. The zoo will let us know what her name is on Saturday.

 

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Keepers have spend this week preparing a kitten proof environment for their very special cubs. They have lowered the water level, made sure she has plenty of toys to play with and re-enforced any objects in the enclosure that might hurt her.

“It has been so much fun watching our tiger cub grow and play, and I can’t wait to share her with our visitors,” said Elana Kopel, senior mammal keeper at the zoo. “It is my hope that when they see her, it inspires them to support the conservation of these incredible, endangered animals.”

Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the six subspecies in existence today, and are only found on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Originally, nine tiger subspecies were found in parts of Asia, but three subspecies became extinct in the 20th century. Less than 400 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild.

 

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