Menderu the tiger moves into Atascadero’s Charles Paddock Zoo
Born in San Diego just 14 months ago, the Malayan tiger will have his public debut in about a month
Posted on Wed, Jul. 15, 2009
Menderu, a Malayan male tiger, arrived Wednesday at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero.
The tiger, born April 30, 2008, was transported in an aluminum crate by truck from his previous home at the San Diego Zoo. The tiger will be in quarantine for one month to guarantee that any outside diseases or parasites are not introduced to the zoo’s current collection of animals, zoo Director Alan Baker said.
The tiger exhibit has long been a key attraction at the Atascadero zoo. In early June, the zoo’s Indochinese tiger Sala died. Menderu, which means “roar” in Indonesian, will move into the exhibit in mid-August.
In preparation, zoo staff members have added new plants, seeded grass, repainted and fixed the waterfall in the exhibit. The public will be able to meet Menderu for the first time Aug. 15.