September 25, 2006 12:00am
Tiger Binjai was centre of attention as Melbourne Zoo celebrated International Tiger Day yesterday.
But keeper Sam Cooper was also drawing attention to the plight of tigers in the wild.
Ms Cooper, who returned from volunteering at a wildlife refuge in Cambodia on Saturday, said the day was to promote protection of endangered tigers.
Working with tigers rescued from illegal traders, she said it reminded her why tiger protection was so important.
“I was working with seven Indo-Chinese tigers injured by illegal trade but they were still so beautiful and majestic,” Ms Cooper said.
Binjai and mate Ramalon are the zoo’s only sumatran tigers, and are part of an international conservation program.
Melbourne Zoo is Australia’s first to promote International Tiger Day.