Animal Facts

  • Genus:

    Panthera
  • Species:

    Panthera tigris sumatrae
  • Conservation
    Status:

    Critically Endangered

  • Found In:

    South East Asia
  • Length:

    215-230cm
  • Weight:

    75-140kg

Meet our majestic tiger!

Adelaide Zoo is home to Assiqua, our stunning Sumatran Tiger. Born on 18 May 1999 at Les Felins d’Auneau, France, Assiqua arrived at Adelaide Zoo in December 2007. Assiqua is a typical female cat; headstrong, independent and rarely seeks attention from zoo keepers. Her strikingly beautiful features include the tips of her ears that curl inwards. She prefers to relax and eat in the camouflage of the bamboo so visitors will have to look closely to spot her. Her favourite treat is rabbit or chicken and loves herbs, especially lavender and rosemary.

Tigers are the largest living cats in the world, with the Sumatran Tiger being the smallest of the six tiger subspecies. Sumatran Tigers inhabit the tropical rainforests on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.

The pattern of tigers’ stripes is unique to each animal, just like fingerprints are to humans. The stripe pattern is found on a tiger’s skin and, if shaved, its distinctive pattern would remain. Sumatran Tigers also have webbing between their toes, which makes them good swimmers. Tigers make many sounds, including roaring, chuffing, growling and mewing.

One hundred years ago it is estimated that there were 100,000 wild tigers – today the number is thought to be as few as 3,200 individuals. The Sumatran Tiger is the last surviving subspecies of tiger in Indonesia; the Balinese Tiger became extinct in the 1940s and the Javanese Tiger in the early 1980s. Current estimates indicate there is around 300-500 wild Sumatran Tigers with a rapidly decreasing trend due to habitat destruction for palm oil plantations and poaching for the illegal wildlife trade.

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