We are overjoyed to announce the birth of two critically endangered Sumatran tiger cubs! The pair, both boys, were born on November 20 to mother Dorcas (whom some of you might know as Lucy) and father, Berani. They are exactly two years and a day younger than big sister Kinleigh Rose! The two received their neonatal exam on Tuesday and both appear to be healthy. They are nursing well and Dorcas is being an excellent mother. The cubs will not be on exhibit for several months. They still require a series of health examinations and vaccinations. They’ll continue to strengthen the bond with their mom, and even require a swim test before the cubs are ready to explore their outdoor habitat in public viewing areas. A live video feed of the nest box can be seen in the tiger viewing building, on either side of the donor wall. The birth of two Sumatran tiger cubs is especially significant because the Zoo’s tigers are part of a globally-managed species program. Zoological facilities around the world, including Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ work to maintain a healthy population. There are currently less than 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild.
WHEW! The Zoo appears to have only suffered minor damages from Hurricane Matthew. Power needs to be restored to the whole park and there is a significant amount of debris that needs clearing. The Zoo will remain closed tomorrow, October 8, to further assess damages and begin cleanup. Thank you for all of your encouraging words for our dedicated staff and animals.