Zoo Proud to Announce Birth of Tiger Cubs
November 21, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 21, 2013) – 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
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.
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. Donations can be made at: www.mnzoo.org/tigerssp
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.
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.
Little Rock Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Look
for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you
are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a
great experience for you and a better future for all living things. With its
more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife
conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For
more information, visit www.aza.org.