The Indianapolis Zoo recently celebrated International Tiger Day (July 29) by announcing the arrival of a new Amur Tiger cub! The baby was born July 10, and first-time mother, Andrea, is doing an amazing job in her new role. The pair have been bonding in a private indoor enclosure, but in due time, visitors to the zoo will meet the new cub. Until then, the public can actively participate in the celebration of this happy event by helping select a name for the new Amur Tiger cub. The Indianapolis Zoo will be posting more information via their facebook page: Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens.
With the arrival of the new baby, the Indianapolis Zoo is now home to four Amur Tigers. The cub joins its parents, six year old Andrea and seven year old Petya, as well as, Cila, an eleven year old, who was also born at the zoo.
The Amur Tiger, also known as the Siberian Tiger, is currently listed as EN (Endangered) on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This may seem a discouraging outlook for the tiger, but it is a marked improvement from just 18 years ago, when the Amur Tiger was still classified as CR (Critically Endangered).