The Tulsa Zoo is celebrating the birth of three endangered Malayan tiger cubs. The cubs were born at the Tulsa Zoo on Aug. 8 to mom, Jin, and dad, Gahara. This is the second successful birth for our tiger pair.
The cubs’ birth was in conjunction with the SSP, or the Species Survival Plan ®, which manages species in Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos across the nation. Native to the Malay Peninsula, there are fewer than 500 Malayan tigers left in the wild due to poaching and habitat loss.
While the cubs are doing well, unfortunately, one of their siblings did not survive long after it was born. This is not uncommon in a large litter of cubs. Staff continues to observe Jin and the cubs through closed circuit cameras, which allows staff to monitor them at all times without disturbance. Jin has been a very attentive mother to the cubs, which are continuing to thrive.
Jin and her cubs will remain in an off-exhibit area as they continue to bond and until the cubs are strong enough to safely maneuver around the zoo’s current tiger exhibit.
The Tulsa Zoo will soon break ground on a new tiger exhibit, Lost Kingdom: Helmerich Tiger Exhibit, which is part of the Lost Kingdom exhibit complex. The Helmerich Foundation made a contribution as the lead gift for the new tiger exhibit. This new exhibit will feature an immersive, naturalistic habitat for the tigers, allowing guests to see these endangered animals up-close. For more information about Lost Kingdom, please visit www.buildingbeyond.org