UPDATE: Baby Tiger Gets Her Bottle at Point Defiance Zoo
May 12, 2013
A 3-week-old endangered Sumatran Tiger cub made her first public appearance at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium last week, and zoo visitors can now watch twice a day as the cub, named Kali, is bottle-fed by zoo keepers.
Photo credit: Jesse Michener/Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
The Tiger was born April 17 to mom Jaya. Malosi is her father. “She’s spunky, robust, and energetic,” zoo staff biologist Steven Ok said. Kali gets about three ounces of formula five times a day. Zoo visitors can watch the 10 am and 2 pm feedings.Sumatran Tigers are critically endangered. Kali is only the third Sumatran Tiger born in North America this year. There are 74 Sumatran Tigers in North American zoos, and an estimated 300 left in their native habitat on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
The Species Survival Plan® works to ensure genetic diversity in the zoo-based Tiger population through careful breeding recommendations and management. Habitat loss and poaching are the Tigers’ greatest threats.
“Every Tiger is precious,” said Karen Goodrowe Beck, zoo general curator, who also chairs the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Sumatran Tiger Species Survival Plan. “We are very pleased at the birth of this cub and with her progress to date. Female cubs are particularly needed in this population. She is a welcome addition.”