LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - The Little Rock Zoo is proud to announce the birth of four new tiger cubs born early in the morning on November 12, 2013 to Suhana, a five-year-old tiger living at the Zoo since 2012.
Zoo staff report that mom and cubs are doing well and that all four cubs appear to be growing strong. Staff are monitoring mom and cubs by using video monitoring equipment that allows them to see into the largely dark den located in an indoor area at the tiger habitat.
Suhana, a Malayan tiger, was introduced to Liku, a nine-year-old male Malayan tiger, earlier this summer at the recommendation of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) in hopes that the two would produce offspring. Malayan tigers are critically endangered with fewer than 500 species remaining in the wild. The birth of four cubs at the Little Rock Zoo is a significant contribution to the conservation of this critically endangered animal.
To celebrate the birth of the Zoo’s new cubs, the Zoo is encouraging members of the public to donate to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Tiger SSP Tiger Conservation Campaign where every dollar donated will go directly to highlight the plight of the wild tiger and encourage public support for tiger conservation efforts. Click here to make donations.
According to Zoo staff, the cubs will likely wean around three to five months and will go outside for the first time in early spring, weather permitting.
Funds from the 2011 capital tax helped fund renovations to the tiger exhibit that allowed for tiger breeding to take place at the Zoo. The renovation divided the yard into two separate yards where mom can safely raise her cubs.
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