Tiger dies at Akron Zoo
By Beacon Journal staff
POSTED: 11:20 a.m. EST, Nov 14, 2008
One of the Akron Zoo’s Sumatran tigers, Aneh, died Wednesday.
She was euthanized at the zoo because of a marked worsening of her severe chronic renal disease, zoo officials said.
Aneh was born on March 26, 1991, at the San Diego Zoo and came to Akron from the San Francisco Zoo on July 11, 1998. She gave birth to two cubs at the Akron Zoo on Jan. 8, 2001; both now live at other accredited zoos in the country, as does the male tiger that sired them.
Two male tigers, Binjai and Rojo, remain on exhibit at the Akron Zoo.
There are about 55 Sumatran tigers in U.S. zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the five remaining species of tigers. They are an endangered species, with only about 400 to 500 believed to live in the wild. The subspecies is found exclusively on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.