Zoo Miami has recently announced the birth of a critically endangered Sumatran tiger. The cub has since then been in isolation with her mother to avoid stress.
The cub’s parents are 9-year-old Leeloo and 12-year-old Berani. Zoo Miami stated in a Press Release that Leeloo is quite nervous and protective of her new baby. Staff members at the zoo have taken extra measures to keep the mom and baby comfortable and stress-free.
The cub weighed as little as three pounds when she was born back in January. Now, she weighs close to 14.3 pounds!
The cub is the second for Leeloo and her mate, Berani. Since 2019, only one Sumatran tiger has been born in the United States. Currently, there are only 72 Sumatran tigers living in American zoos!
Berani was born at the San Francisco Zoo. He arrived at Zoo Miami in 2013. The mother, on the other hand, was born at the Oaklahoma zoo in 2011 and was brought to Zoo Miami in 2013 where she met Berani.
Moreover, the Sumatran tiger is critically endangered. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild as of now. Originally, they are from the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Sumatran tigers’ biggest threats are poaching and habitat loss.
Of all the sub-species of tigers, Sumatran tigers are the smallest. Males can reach weights up to 300 lbs while the females can weigh up to 200lbs.
For the cubs, the initial phase is the most critical in their development. Leeloo and Berani’s baby seems to be doing fine so far, according to the zoo. Furthermore, she will remain in seclusion with her mother before making her public debut.
In their press release, the zoo also mentioned that there would be an official naming contest for the cub. It will be part of a fundraising effort in support of the species’ survival plan.