Meet the CubsSumatran tiger cub Kali is growing up quickly. She was born April 17, 2013 and in a few short months, she outgrew the Cub Den and needed more room to roam. By 5 months old, she joined the rotation with the Zoo’s five other tigers. Kali is frequently out on exhibit for exercise and play time. But she spends some of her day behind-the-scenes too, just as our other tigers do. When Kali is out, Zoo visitors will find her in one of our outdoor 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 this year. The number of Sumatran tigers in 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.
Berani and Dumai - Kali's Big brothersBerani (pronounced burr-rani) and Dumai (pronounced doo-my) live together at the Asian Forest Sanctuary. The now juvenile tigers were born within days of one another in August 2012. Berani, a Malayan tiger, arrived at the Zoo in October 2012 to be hand-reared with Dumai, who was born here. They learned tiger behaviors from each other as they grew and can often be found running, playing and tussling in one of the Asian Forest Sanctuary’s outdoor exhibits.
More Photos & Videos
Kali's First Day Outside (July 2013)
Clouded leopard Tien and Kali play (June 2013)
Two-month-old Kali (June 2013)
Tiger foster brothers Dumai and Berani (July 2013)
Berani & Dumai
Malayan tigers are a bit bigger, lighter in color and lankier in body formation. They are native to the tropical forests of Peninsular Malaysia. The Tiger Conservation Campaign estimates that fewer than 500 remain in the wild.
Sumatran tigers are the smallest subspecies of tiger. Their fur is a darker orange than that of Malayans. They are also the only remaining tiger subspecies that lives on an island. They are critically endangered, and as few as 300 live in the wild.
Help Us Save Tigers
Tigers were once widespread across the Indonesian island of Sumatra. However due to poaching and habitat loss over the past century, and especially in the past 50 years, only two large populations of tigers now remain: in the Kerinci-Seblat landscape of west-central Sumatra and the massive greater Leuser landscape of northern Sumatra.
For the past two years, we’ve helped fund the World Conservation Society's (WCS) highly successful work in Leuser to reduce tiger-human conflict. In the not-so-distant past, approximately 15 Sumatran tigers per year were killed or unnecessarily removed from the forest due to tiger-human conflict. We’re excited to report that in the 7-month period since our last update, this number was reduced to zero!
The race to save these critically endangered species is urgent - and we would love your help! All of the money raised will go directly to support Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) efforts to reduce human-tiger conflict, stop poaching in Southeast Asia, and provide veterinary care to tigers caught in snares.
HOW TO DONATE
The Zoo Society
The Race to Save Tigers
5400 North Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98407
View the Tiger Conservation Campaign video