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Critically endangered
Threat Level
Critically Endangered

(Panthera tigris sumatrae)

The magnificent Sumatran Tiger is only found on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the tiger subspecies; males weigh an average of 120kg, while females average 90kg. The pattern of stripes on their fur serves as camouflage, breaking up their silhouette so they are less visible to prey.

Habitat

Around the world, Indonesia, and in particular the island of Sumatra, is recognised as a 'biodiversity hotspot'. Unfortunately, this mass of natural wealth has led to massive exploitation. With over 80% of Sumatra's forest already gone, the majority of what remains can only be found within National Parks, leaving this to be the Sumatran Tiger's predominant territory. Their habitat ranges from lowlands to mountainous forests.


Sumatran Tiger Profiles

Bashii

Bashii

Age: 6 Years (DOB 4/12/2007)

Sex: Male

Weight: 97.2kg (213.84lbs)

Bashii, the only male of the litter, was born at Taman Safari Indonesia on December 4, 2007. Tiger handlers from Australia Zoo spent time in Indonesia hand raising Bashii and his sisters before bringing them to Australia Zoo at three months of age.

Bashii was named through an online auction created by the Zoo to name the three Sumatran Tigers, with all proceeds going to wild tiger conservation. The name Bashii is derived from a Japanese phrase “Kanbashii Tora” which means - Sweetest Tiger.

Bashii is very independent and prefers to spend time away from his sisters, Meneki and Kaitlyn.


Clarence

Clarence

Age: 0 Years (DOB 22/8/2013)

Sex: Male

Clarence came into the world in quite a rush and has been a ball of energy ever since. He beat his brother in the race to find the teat, though in more recent times he has shown a bit more interest in playing than in food.

At times, Clarence can be a little more feisty than his brother and he definitely enjoys stalking anyone he can…especially the handlers.

Clarence’s cheeky ways are great fun and he is always keen for a play.


Hunter

Hunter

Age: 0 Years (DOB 22/8/2013)

Sex: Male

Though Hunter was the first born he was a little slower at starting than his brother. Once he was born he not only took several drawn out seconds to take his first breath, but he also took his time finding Kaitlyn’s milk. Once he found it though, he certainly made up for lost time and has been doing so ever since!

He generally is a bigger eater than his brother which has led to him being slightly larger in size.

Hunter is probably the more affectionate of the two and enjoys some down time with his handlers.


Juma

Juma

Age: 10 Years (DOB 1/1/2004)

Sex: Male

Weight: 129.8kg (285.56lbs)

Juma is one of three Sumatran tigers born at Mogo Zoo on the South Coast of New South Wales. Juma, Ranu and Singha were born on April 1, 2004 and arrived at Australia Zoo three weeks later.

Juma is an Indonesian word for mountain summit; a fitting name for an animal equally as powerful and stunning. The Sumatran Tiger is the smallest of the five sub-species that remain today and Juma is about as big as they get.

With a very laid-back personality, Juma is often used for filming and is the first of our adult tigers to be introduced to new handlers. Juma can be a very laid back individual and he is usually seen resting for the majority of the day.


Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn

Age: 6 Years (DOB 4/12/2007)

Sex: Female

Weight: 76.2kg (167.64lbs)

Kaitlyn, born on December 4, 2007, arrived at Australia Zoo in March 2008 from Taman Safari Indonesia with Bashii and Meneki - her brother and sister. All three of the tigers are very valuable, not only to Australia Zoo but to Australia itself as they are the first tigers to be exported out of Indonesia in 30 years. Descending from Wild Tigers, their bloodlines are valuable for future breeding of Sumatran Tigers in Australia.

Like her siblings, Kaitlyn was named through the online auction and was named as a legacy to a young girl with an illness, who says that tigers are her favorite animal.

Kaitlyn is the trouble maker of the three young Sumatran Tigers and can usually be seen stalking the handlers - keeping true to her tiger instincts.


Maneki

Maneki

Age: 6 Years (DOB 4/12/2007)

Sex: Female

Weight: 81kg (178.2lbs)

Maneki was born at Taman Safari Indonesia on 4 December 2007 and spent three months there with our handlers before making her way to Australia Zoo. Taman Safari Indonesia is located near Jakarta on the Island of Java - the Island that neighbours Sumatra.

Just like her brother Bashii and sister Kaitlyn, Maneki was named by a guest through Australia Zoo's online auction. Her name comes from a Japanese phrase "Maneki Neko" which means - Good Luck Cat. Proceeds from the auction went into active projects in Sumatra to protect wild Sumatran Tigers from illegal poachers.

Maneki is very affectionate towards her handlers, which is a big change from that little cub who enjoyed chewing on her handlers every chance she had.

 


Ranu

Ranu

Age: 10 Years (DOB 1/1/2004)

Sex: Male

Weight: 120kg (264lbs)

Now, here is a mischievous tiger!

Ranu pictures himself a little bigger than what he really is and is continually challenging the others around him, including the Bengal Tigers! Yes, he is cheeky and that is why we love him. Ranu is always the first to want to play or annoy one of the other tigers and boy does he push his luck!

You can tell Ranu apart from the other tigers as he has a stripe on his right front leg and lots of little freckles on his front left leg, also the shape of his face is slightly longer than the others.

Every tiger has their individual personality and the handlers learn how to adapt differently to each tiger. With Ranu, the handlers have to keep in mind that he is the boss and it is very important to be patient with him.

If Ranu isn't jumping on one of the Bengal Tigers, you can be sure he'll be running a muck in the main display pool with a toy!


Singha

Singha

Age: 10 Years (DOB 1/1/2004)

Sex: Female

Weight: 89.6kg (197.12lbs)

Singha was the first female tiger to arrive at the Zoo; one of three Sumatran Tiger cubs born at Mogo Zoo in New South Wales. As a cub, Singha was a real show-off and was usually the first to finish her bottle of milk.

Singha is Indonesian for Lion. It was given to her by a member of the public in an auction to raise money for tiger conservation.

Singha is very quick and more athletic than the boys and loves to take part in any toy sessions or training. She is very independent and prefers to stay away from other tigers especially our sub-adults and she won't tolerate their games. Singha is very affectionate towards her handlers and loves to play around with them.