Two healthy Sumatran tiger cubs!
On November 20, 2017, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens welcomed two male, critically endangered, Sumatran tiger cubs. The cubs are a second litter for 6-year-old mother Dorcas (also known as Lucy to many Zoo guests) and 16-year-old Berani. The boys are named Rocky and Jaggar.
What can you see?
For the first time, we have put cameras up in an exhibit! The cubs now have access to a large exhibit with a stream, logs to climb on, bamboo to play in and up close views of the guests. Rocky and Jaggar are with their mother and can get nose-to-nose with their father, Berani.
Did you know there are less than 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild?
Our rare cubs’ birth is part of a combined effort of zoos across the globe to protect tigers by growing their numbers in managed care.
The Sumatran tiger is the smallest, most endangered, and the only tiger whose population is restricted to a single island. Unfortunately, the Sumatran tiger is critically endangered and only three strong populations remain in protected forests on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.
One of those populations is in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park where Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens partners with the International Rhino Foundation to protect their habitat. A four-to-six-person team of rangers travels through the forest, mostly by foot, on multi-day patrols removing snares and traps, and arresting poachers that are trying to capture tigers and their prey. These dedicated rangers ensure the forest and the animals we love, like Sumatran tigers, rhinos and elephants are protected – all three of which are the most endangered animals of their kind.
Donate to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Conservation Fund: http://bit.ly/2kugjVZ
Buy an honorary Animal Adoption of a tiger cub: http://www.jacksonvillezoo.org/adoption
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