Rare tigers earn their stripes at Perth Zoo
May 02, 2009 06:00pm
THREE rare Sumatran tiger cubs born at Perth Zoo are starting to venture out – in their enclosure.
The two male cubs, Jaya and Satri, and female Melati were born in August after dad Hari was transferred from Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve to mate with Perth Zoo’s Setia.
It was part of an international effort to remove the species from the critically endangered list.
In time, the cubs will be sent away to breed with other Sumatran tigers.
Perth Zoo media manager Debbie Read said the cubs were strong, healthy, and boisterous, especially Jaya and Melati.
“They’ve all been doing really well and are very visible now (to visitors),” Ms Read said.
“Like most youngsters, they have play time which is important for their development and they’re even cheeky with their mother — they’ll take food off her.”
Ms Read said Jaya, Satri and Melati would stay in Perth for at least another year before joining the Australasian breeding program.
“They’ll still be at the zoo for quite a while yet,” she said.
“It may be recommended that one of them stay here (long term).”
Ms Read said the Sumatran tiger population was so small and endangered that zoos around the world had linked up to save them.
“They may end up overseas,” she said.
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