say hello to three sumatran tiger cubs

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Three rare Sumatran tiger cubs were born on Wednesday, October 8. The cubs are healthy and thriving, said Dr. Karen Goodrowe Beck, the zoo’s general curator. Jaya is the mother; Malosi is the father.

The cubs are all female and each weighs about 8 pounds.

Beginning today, you can help vote on the cubs' names. The names in our survey were chosen by Asian Forest Sanctuary staff biologists and they are all Indonesian names, from the primary language spoken in Sumatra. Share your vote!

Once the top three names are chosen, zookeepers will decide which name fits each cub best based on their personalities and appearances.

Zoo staff is monitoring mother and cubs around the clock to ensure that she is caring for them. The new family is in a den behind the scenes in the Asian Forest Sanctuary area.

Their public debut will likely occur in just over a month, when the cubs have grown a bit more and are steady on their legs. Check back for updates!

big sister kali
Sumatran tiger cub Kali (kah-lee) is growing up fast! She was born April 17, 2013. Kali is frequently out on exhibit for exercise and play time, but she spends some of her day behind-the-scenes too. When Kali is out, you can find her in one of our outdoor Asian Forest Sanctuary exhibits, where zookeepers place toys or other enrichments designed to help her get exercise and hone her coordination skills.

Kali’s parents are Jaya and Malosi. She was one of only a few Sumatran tigers born in North American zoos in 2013. The number of Sumatran tigers in AZA accredited North American zoos hovers between 70 and 80. There are only an estimated 300 left in their native habitat on the Indonesian Island of Sumatra.

Learn more about Sumatran tigers!

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