Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire were delighted to announce the arrival of a rare Sumatran tiger cub last Friday 25th August.
Born to breeding pair Bawa and Surya, the new arrival has been greeted with much excitement at the park, and becomes the first birth for the tigers since triplets three years ago.
The team at Flamingo Land have been working on a breeding programme to protect the critically endangered species for the last seven years. The recent birth had been highly anticipated and the new addition is great news for big cat conservation.
Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the tiger species and their coats feature narrower stripes than the larger Siberian tiger. It is estimated that there are as little as three hundred Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Habitat loss and poaching are the main threats to their survival, and even though it is now illegal to hunt tigers this still occurs.
Zoo manager Ross Snipp said:
“Although it is early days for our tiger cub it looks to be very strong and we are very hopeful that this continues. Around a month ago our zoo and vet team believe that she had miscarried so we were all amazed to find the little cub with it’s parents on Friday evening. We would not normally make this announcement so early but we are so proud of our work in this particular field that we wanted to give as many children as possible the chance to see him or her before the schools go back.”
The new arrival will need time to bond with mother Surya and become strong and healthy, so will be away from public view for a while. However, a live direct link from the cub den at the tiger exhibit can be viewed by visitors now. As yet the sex of the cub remains unknown.
For more information on visiting Flamingo Land go to www.flamingoland.co.uk