Palm Beach Zoo Breeds More Tigers for Life in Cages

WEST PALM BEACH — The three tiger cubs born at the Palm Beach Zoo in May are preparing for their first public meet-and-greet this evening – mostly by lounging around their man-made den, pouncing on a toy every so often and doing a bit of reality TV via web cam.

The Malayan tiger litter, only the second born in a U.S. zoo this year, will make their debut at 5:30 p.m. at the zoo’s regular Safari Night event, said spokeswoman Maureen Saltzer Gawel.

Their mother Berapi arrived at the zoo last November to mate with longtime resident Rhimba. She gave birth to the cubs, two male and one female, in May. Now the zoo is working to raise money for a more fitting exhibit large enough for the family of five.

The zoo at 1301 Summit Blvd. in West Palm Beach aims to raise $5 million for the project.

Naming rights to one of the three was auctioned off earlier in the year to Netscape founder Jim Clark, who paid $45,000 for the privilege.

While they won’t be out and about until this evening, you can spy on the increasingly rare cats via webcam here. It broadcasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Six subspecies of tigers roam the world’s forests and swamps. Malayan tigers are named for their home on the Malayan Peninsula. They are among the smallest of the tiger species. Estimates of how many Malayan tigers live in the wild vary, but there may be as few as 500, according to the Palm Beach Zoo.
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