The San Diego Zoo Safari Park celebrated the birth of two precious Sumatran tiger cubs, marking a significant conservation success for the critically endangered species. The cubs, a male and a female, were born on July 12 to first-time mother Diana, who has proven to be extremely attentive and gentle towards her offspring. The tiny cubs were captured on video nursing from their mother and appear to be strong and healthy. At just two weeks old, they are about the size of their mother’s paw.
The birth of these cubs is a momentous occasion, as it is the first time in seven years that Sumatran tiger cubs have been born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park through their dedicated conservation efforts. The park’s Wildlife Alliance is thrilled about the arrival of these adorable cubs and looks forward to sharing them with the community.
Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with an estimated 400 to 600 remaining in the wild. They face numerous threats, including habitat loss, human-wildlife conflicts, and poaching. To raise awareness and support for tiger conservation, the zoo made the exciting birth announcement just days before Global Tiger Day, celebrated on July 29.
The tiger cubs and their mother will remain in their den for several weeks, allowing them time to bond and learn from Diana. This period is crucial for their development and safety. When Diana is ready, she will bring her cubs out of the den for visitors to see, which is estimated to happen when the cubs are 8 to 10 weeks old.
The zoo hopes that these cubs will inspire a greater appreciation for tigers and the urgent need to protect them and their natural habitats. People can contribute to tiger conservation efforts by avoiding products made with non-sustainable palm oil, which contributes to habitat destruction, and by refraining from purchasing items made from endangered wildlife. Through collective efforts and awareness, there is hope for the survival and thriving of these magnificent creatures in the wild.