The Capital-JournalPublished Friday, March 28, 2008 at 2:23 p.m. CDT
Raguno, the Topeka Zoo’s male Sumatran tiger, has moved to Oklahoma. Raguno, who came to Topeka in 2003 from Akron, Ohio, left Tuesday for Oklahoma City, where he will be paired with a female tiger for breeding and to increase genetic diversity within the captive population.
In the next couple of weeks, Topeka Zoo will receive three Sumatran tigers from the San Diego Zoo. They will be on exhibit sometime in late April.
Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the five subspecies of tigers, with males ranging from 250 to 270 pounds and 8 feet in length, while females weigh in at 180 to 200 pounds and are 7 feet in length.
Tigers in the wild are highly endangered due to poaching and habitat destruction with numbers falling below 400 animals.
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