Three Sumatran tiger cubs born at Ragunan zoo
Hasyim Widhiarto – The Jakarta Post – Jakarta
Wed, 11/25/2009 7:34 PM Jakarta
A Sumatran tiger gave birth to three cubs at Ragunan Zoo, South Jakarta , on Thursday, zoo chief Enny Pudjiwati says.
“The delivery was successful and all three cubs are now in a healthy condition,” Enny told reporters on Wednesday.
However, the sex of the newborns was not known because the mother was very protective and would not let anyone near them.
“We hope we can introduce the cubs to the public after a month,” she said.
With the three new additions, Ragunan Zoo now has 35 Sumatran tigers.
The Sumatran tiger is classified as an endangered species and is protected by law.
According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), there are less than 500 Sumatran tigers in the wild, and this number is declining due to massive illegal logging and deforestation.