22 November 2011

The trio of endangered Sumatran cubs are the offspring of five year old mother Kirana and four year old father Fabi.

The births are a big success for the zoo and good news for the future of the species, as it is thought that only 400 Sumatran tigers are now left in the wild, where they are poached for traditional medicine.

Tim Rowlands our Curator of Mammals, said:

“Sumatran tigers can only be found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra are one of the rarest big cat species in the world.

“It’s estimated that there are just a few hundred left in the wild and only around seven per cent of their original habitat remains, which is why these triplets are so, so important.

“To think they’re now part of a safety-net in case wild populations go extinct is pretty remarkable and quite humbling.

“We are thrilled, Kirana is very happy and we are sure our visitors will be equally delighted.”

Tim also said the cubs are “doing fine” and complemented mum Kirana on her parenting skills.

“Kirana is so far doing a great job.

“She has started to take the cubs out and about every now and then having looked after them inside her den for the last three weeks and is being a very attentive mum.”

It will be a few weeks until keepers can discover the sexes of the tiny tiger triplets and a decision can be made on their names.