Cleveland Metroparks Zoo today revealed the birth of two Amur tiger cubs at the Zoo’s Rosebrough Tiger Passage. The cubs were born on Nov. 6, 2023, to mom, Zoya, and dad, Hector.
The first few days after birth are a critical time for bonding between mom and cubs. The Zoo’s Animal Care and Veterinary teams have observed several positive developmental behaviors including nursing and grooming.
While tigers are solitary animals, mother tigers typically raise their young for their first two years. Mom and cubs are expected to remain behind-the-scenes in their maternal den for the first few months before the cubs are old enough to begin exploring the outdoor habitats of Rosebrough Tiger Passage.
Amur tigers are an endangered species, with an estimated population of only 400-500 remaining in their native range in the far eastern side of Russia and northeastern China. Visitors to Rosebrough Tiger Passage at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo can continue to visit Hector during this time and learn about the threats Amur tigers face including habitat loss and poaching.
Guests can stay connected for all updates on the tiger cubs on Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s social media pages.