meet the tiger cub triplets

tiger cubsKirana, Dari, and Indah are rare Sumatran tigers born October 8, 2014.  They are on exhibit daily in the Asian Forest Sanctuary.

The cubs have distinct personalities: Kirana is the "sassy" one who likes to run after her sisters and nip at them. Dari is more mellow and tends to hang back a bit. Indah is feisty and vocal, often using her voice to get attention from their mother Jaya.

These cubs represent a success in the Species Survival Plan for Sumatran tigers. Fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers exist in the wild on their native island of Sumatra, and their numbers are dwindling. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium contributes to an effort to reduce human-tiger conflict in this area - and you can help!

big sister kali
Sumatran tiger cub Kali (kah-lee) was born April 17, 2013. She 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.

Learn more about Sumatran tigers


Help Us Save Tigers

The world’s tigers are vanishing from the wild at an alarming rate. Fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild. Poaching and human encroachment on tiger habitat are pushing these magnificent animals toward extinction.

Over the past few years, we’ve helped fund the Wildlife Conservation Society's highly successful work to reduce tiger-human conflict. The race to save these critically endangered species is urgent.

You can help!