Meet our majestic tigers!
Adelaide Zoo is home to three stunning Sumatran Tigers.
The zoo’s male tiger, Tuan was born on 12 March 1998 in Lisbon Zoo, Portugal, arriving at Adelaide Zoo in November 2006. Zoo keepers describe Tuan as a fairly chilled out boy, who loves his food! He is known to vocalise or chat with zoo keepers in the morning and gets very excited at meal times. He is larger than the two females, although shorter and stockier in stature. Visitors are most likely to see him perched on one of the front facing rocks enjoying a tasty treat.
Kemiri, one of the zoo’s female tigers, was born on 18 November 1994 at Taronga Zoo, arriving at Adelaide Zoo in November 1995. Visitors will always find Kemiri in the exhibit across from the sun bear. Kemiri is a firm favourite amongst staff and visitors alike; she’s extremely affectionate, loves a scratch and enjoys playing hide-and-seek with zoo keepers. At times she can be a bit fussy, disliking chicken in favour for red meat. Her favourite enrichment treat is fresh herbs, especially lavender and rosemary!
Female tiger, Assiqua was born on 18 May 1999 at Les Felins d’Auneau, France, arriving 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, the best way to identify Assiqua from the other tigers. 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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