2 July 2019
We’re thrilled to announce a new arrival to the Australia Zoo family, a male Sumatran tiger cub. The cub, recently named Nelson, was born to third time mother Kaitlin and arrived in the early hours of June 3.
Geoff Neubecker, Australia Zoo’s Head of Tigers said mum and cub were both doing very well.
“Our Sumatran tiger Kaitlin is a wonderful mother. This is her fifth baby here at Australia Zoo and she’s always so loving and caring towards her cubs.
“As our newest arrival grows, there will be an opportunity for our guests to see the little cub enjoying some special playtime with our keepers and in the coming weeks we will have a once-in-a-lifetime tiger cub encounter for guests who pre-book.”
“Once they reach adulthood, Sumatran tigers can weigh up to 140kg and grow up to 120cm tall. We expect that this little cub will love swimming in the tiger pools just like his sister and brothers do!” said Geoff.
Nelson was named by the Prior family following their Foundation’s ongoing generous support to help protect Sumatran tigers in the wild through Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.
Australia Zoo’s tiger breeding program has a significant role in the conservation of Sumatran tigers in the wild. Our ambassador tigers help to educate people on the plight of these critically endangered animals in the wild, with less than 350 Sumatran tigers remaining.
Bindi Irwin said she was so excited to welcome a new tiger cub to Australia Zoo.
“This is such wonderful news and we are so happy to have a new tiger cub who will be such a strong advocate for his wild cousins. Dad always said if we can teach people about wildlife, that’s our first step towards saving it.
“Right now, the fate of tigers is uncertain with less than 4000 left in the wild around the world and with the accelerating threat of deforestation and poaching, it’s a really scary thought that these beautiful apex predators might not be around forever if we don’t act now,” Bindi said.
In the last 60 years alone, the world has lost three sub-species of tiger; the Balinese, Caspian and Javanese tigers.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors has partnered with Flora and Fauna International for the last 14 years as a major contributor to the Tiger Protection and Conservation Units in Kerinci Seblat National Park in Indonesia. During that time, the team has disabled more than 412 tiger snares, arrested over 60 poachers and employed more than 60 rangers.
“Everyone can be Wildlife Warriors and do their part to save this absolutely beautiful animal. Avoid purchasing wildlife products and keep up to date with our charity, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors who support the incredible Tiger Protection and Conservation Units on the ground in Sumatra,” said Bindi.
To learn more about the plight of the Sumatran tiger and the project on the ground in Sumatra, visit wildlifewarriors.org.au
Visitors to Australia Zoo can pre-book an encounter with our new Sumatran tiger cub, where proceeds go towards Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors and fund important conservation projects.
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