Started streaming on Dec 15, 2017
What can you see?
The cubs will not be on exhibit for several months. They 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.
While they are in their nesting den, you can see them nursing, being groomed by mom, growing and gaining strength and a LOT of sleeping! Dorcas and the cubs have access to two rooms so you may only see a couple of them or none at all. You may occasionally see keepers step in for daily cleanings of the nursery and twice daily feedings for mom. The keepers can still share space with the cubs but will never share space with the mother.
Did you know there are less than 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild?
Our rare cubs’ birth is part of a combined effort of zoos across the globe to protect tigers by growing their numbers in managed care.
The Sumatran tiger is the smallest, most endangered, and the only tiger whose population is restricted to a single island. Unfortunately, the Sumatran tiger is critically endangered and only three strong populations remain in protected forests on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.
One of those populations is in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park where Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens partners with the International Rhino Foundation to protect their habitat. A four-to-six-person team of rangers travels through the forest, mostly by foot, on multi-day patrols removing snares and traps, and arresting poachers that are trying to capture tigers and their prey. These dedicated rangers ensure the forest and the animals we love, like Sumatran tigers, rhinos and elephants are protected – all three of which are the most endangered animals of their kind.