Zoo Announces Addition of Two Sumatran Tigers
Hattiesburg – The Hattiesburg Zoo is thrilled to announce the addition of two Sumatran Tigers to the Zoo’s animal collection. Coming to Hattiesburg from the Los Angeles Zoo, the two brothers will make their grand debut at the Hattiesburg Zoo on Saturday, March 8 during a public unveiling at 11am.
The male siblings were born on August 6, 2011 at the Los Angeles Zoo and given the names Kuasa and Cinta. Today, the tigers each weigh more than 200 lbs and are much smaller than the Zoo’s existing Siberian tiger, Tigger. Following Saturday’s unveiling, the Zoo’s three tigers will rotate through the Tiger exhibit, offering guests an opportunity to learn the great differences between the largest of the tiger species, the Siberian tiger, and one of the smallest tiger species, the Sumatran tiger.
“We are very excited to introduce the brothers to the public,” said Rick Taylor, Executive Director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission. “These bad boys are the most rambunctious animals to join the Zoo’s collection since the unveiling of Sampson, the Jaguar. We are anticipating a great turnout on Saturday and throughout Spring Break as Hattiesburg welcomes our newest wild additions.”
In addition to viewing the new tigers for the first time, guests on Saturday will also enjoy tiger-themed activities and experience the unique culture of the tigers’ native home of Sumatra, Indonesia, including the opportunity for guests to get an authentic Henna tattoo for $5. Those who visit the Zoo during the week of Spring Break will have the opportunity to participate in a photo contest for which the grand prize is a behind-the-scenes “Tiger Tour.” This event and the Zoo’s Spring Break activities are free with regular Zoo admission. Zoo admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and military, $2 for children ages 2-12, and children under 2 get in free.
“Kuasa and Cinta are young and very active,” said Katie Barry, Animal Curator. “They love to play in the water and with as many toys as they can get their paws on. Their youthful playfulness brings an excitement that our patrons will find entertaining and educational as they watch these young brothers grow up.”
Sumatran tigers hail from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, where it is estimated that there are currently between 400 and 700 tigers living in the wild. Additional details on Kuasa and Cinta, as well as, general Sumatran tiger facts are below:
Kuasa and Cinta
- Born August 6, 2011 at Los Angeles Zoo to parents LuLu and Mike
- Currently 2.5 years old
- Weigh approximately 200 pounds each
- Will enjoy a daily carnivorous diet of 5lbs of meat
- One of the smallest of the five Tiger subspecies
- Scientific Name: Panthera tigris sumatrae
- Live in isolated populations of no more than 50 across Sumatra
- Considered to be critically endangered
- Typically weigh between 175 pounds and 330 pounds and range from 6.5 feet to 7.8 feet in length
- Habitats include Tropical broadleaf evergreen, forests, peat swamps, and freshwater swamps
- Characterized by a darker orange color and thick black stripes that fade into spots
- Stripe frequency higher than any other subspecies
- They have no natural predators
- Diet consists of deer, wild boar, and cattle
- Accelerated deforestation and rampant poaching is the cause of their decline
- Relatives of the already extinct Javan and Bali Tigers
The Hattiesburg Zoo is a Hattiesburg Convention Commission Facility, in partnership with the City of Hattiesburg and the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission. Since 1991, the Hattiesburg Convention Commission has been developing and operating tourism-related facilities for the Hattiesburg area. For more information, visit www.ZooHattiesburg.com or contact us at 601.268.3220.
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