The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is delighted to announce the development of a brand new and improved enclosure at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo for their pair of critically endangered Sumatran tigers.
“Tiger Tracks” will launch in June 2016 and will be the new home for Jambi and Baginda, the adult breeding pair that experts at the conservation charity hope will eventually go on to have cubs and increase the numbers of this extremely rare species.
The Sumatran tiger is a subspecies of tiger found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra and it is estimated that fewer than 400 of these majestic tigers are left in the wild. Whilst these tigers are protected by law in Indonesia, increased deforestation and poaching has led to their significant decline and, without help, the Sumatran tiger faces the very real threat of extinction.
Tiger Tracks will be more than three times the size of the existing Sumatran tiger enclosure at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and development will cost in the region of half a million pounds. It will feature a spectacular ground level viewing tunnel for visitors, covered pathways, a high level viewing area, feeding post and cubbing den. Tiger Tracks will also boast climbing structures for the tiger pair, heated rocks to relax on, ponds to splash in and a new indoor house
Development on the new enclosure will start shortly and both tigers will remain on view in their current enclosure during the development.
Photo Credit: Rob McDougall