meet the tiger cub triplets

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The tiger cub triplets and their mother Jaya are on exhibit daily at 11 am* in the Asian Forest Sanctuary, depending on the weather outside and Jaya's behavior.

*when the Zoo is open (see open hours). They are not on exhibit in the evening during Zoolights.

jaya and cubsKirana, Dari, and Indah are rare Sumatran tigers born October 8, 2014. The cubs weighed between 2.5 and 3 pounds at birth.

Now, each weighs about 20 pounds. In addition to mother's milk, they are beginning to receive small amounts of meat in their daily diets.

The cubs are starting to show 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 Jaya.

Kirana, Indah, and Dari 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.

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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 - and we would love your help!

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