26 August 2014
Sumatran Tiger twins, Hunter and Clarence, celebrated their first birthday at Australia Zoo last Friday, with piñatas and special guests including Big Brother’s Tim Dormer.
The cubs - also affectionately known as Spot and Stripe, their nicknames on BBC UK’s recent documentary Tigers about the House – had much to celebrate on their first birthday. As well as celebrating this special milestone, Hunter and Clarence’s birthday also helped raise awareness for the plight of the Sumatran Tiger.
With an estimated 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the wild, birthday party attendee and newly announced Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors ambassador Tim Dormer knows the importance of celebrating the cubs’ birthday.
“It’s such an honour to be announced as a Wildlife Warriors ambassador today, on the same day as these special tiger cubs’ birthday,” Tim Dormer said.
“I’m really looking forward to spreading the message of conservation and raising awareness about how people can help this cause,” he added.
Born with a wild bloodline, the tiger twins are incredibly genetically valuable and integral to Australia Zoo’s Sumatran Tiger breeding program.
Tiger keepers and members of the media joined Bindi Irwin and Tim Dormer in celebrating the cubs’ special day. Rewarded with giant coloured piñatas and a sea of balloons to play and pop to their heart’s content, Hunter and Clarence enjoyed their day as much as any one year old should!
“We wanted to give our beautiful tiger cubs a special birthday party today, to celebrate all they stand for as ambassadors for their cousins in the wild,” Bindi said.
International model and Wildlife Warriors ambassador Ellie Gonsalves also took part in celebrating the cubs’ milestone, squeezing in a visit to Australia Zoo on a quick trip back home to wish them a happy birthday.
Hunter and Clarence shot to fame in the UK after the BBC documentary Tigers about the House followed their progress from birth. Shadowing Australia Zoo Tigers and Conservation Manager Giles Clark in his progress of raising the tiger cubs, the BBC documentary gave UK viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Australia Zoo’s special residents. Australian viewers will hopefully get a chance to see the documentary later this year.
Wildlife Warriors ambassadors like Tim Dormer and Ellie Gonsalves help Australia Zoo spread the message of conservation, including that of the endangered Sumatran Tiger. Australia Zoo is passionate about protecting the species, and works with conservation units on the ground in Sumatra through its Tiger 511 program. The program works on the premise that $5 saves one tiger in the wild for one day. To find out more details about Tiger 511, and how you can help, visit: http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/wildlifewarriorstiger511
Australia Zoo is the most significant contributor to tiger conservation in the world.