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Sumatran tiger

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Panthera tigris sumatrae

Tigers are excellent swimmers! They can easily cross rivers and lakes five miles wide. Our own tigers enjoy a swim now and then, especially on a hot day or to find food.

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Habitat
Wild and Zoo
Sumatran tigers live in lowland and mountain forests on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Around 7-8 feet long, they have characteristic black striping on orange fur, with long whiskers and claws.
Meet the Keepers
(They don't bite.)
Keepers in our Asian Forest Sanctuary give a talk each day at 12:30 pm – look for the signs in that area to find them. Ask questions about each animal, and find out how our zoo team feeds and cares for them.
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Meet our tigers

Mohan
Kirana
Dari
Kali
Dumai
Eating
(and predators!)
Tigers are carnivores. They hunt wild pigs, deer, tapirs, fish and anything else they can catch.
Humans are the Sumatran tiger’s main predator, hunting them for meat, fur and protection. Young tigers can fall prey to leopards, snakes and other tigers.
Born wild
and ready to hunt.
After a gestation of 100-110 days, females give birth to a litter of 2-4 cubs.
Cubs weigh a little over two pounds at birth, and nurse for 6-10 weeks. By 18 months they are ready to hunt for themselves.
Hunt like a tiger
Sleep like a cat.
Tigers are generally solitary, and not very active most of the time. They sleep 18-20 hours per day!
Males and females both mark their territory by spraying urine on trees, bushes and the ground.

Protecting Tigers

Hunted tiger, shrinking forest

THE THREAT: Like many animals, tigers depend on tropical rainforests to survive in the wild. In southeast Asia, these forests are rapidly being cut down to grow palm oil, found in many food products. Tigers are also hunted by poachers – fewer than 400 survive in Sumatra.

TAKE ACTION: To help save tigers, learn about and buy only products made with sustainable palm oil. Urge companies to make the switch. And consider donating to our Dr. Holly Reed fund, which supports tiger conservation in Sumatra.

Jungle Stories

Healing with Light

On a cold, wet November morning, veterinary technician Julie Lemon is lying on her stomach on a hard floor. Angling her head, she carefully positions a small metal wand between the hard, pointy toes of a tapir, who’s anesthetized and sleeping soundly in his den. Then she presses a button, and a stream of pink … Continued

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Cho Cho, the Oldest Siamang

How does it feel to be the oldest siamang – probably – in North America? Well, for Cho Cho, snuggled up with his companion Dudlee on a crisp fall morning at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, it seemed pretty cozy. This year Cho Cho is celebrating his 51st birthday – which makes him the oldest … Continued

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We’re expecting a baby tapir!

Endangered Malayan tapirs Yuna and Baku strolled around one of the Asian Forest Sanctuary exhibits on Wednesday afternoon, grazing on grasses – and keeping a secret. Not even the birds perched in the nearby trees would tweet the news. But we can let you in on this uber-exciting development today. Hooray! Hooray! A baby tapir … Continued

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Who's nearby?
Visiting our tigers? Then keep an eye out for our tapirs! As we rotate our Asian Sanctuary animals around their habitats, this keeps the smells interesting for both species…