Tiger star shows off her stripes (and spots) at Adelaide Zoo

Critically-endangered Sumatran Tiger Delilah has made her dazzling debut at Adelaide Zoo’s exhibit with the public encouraged to come in and give her a roaringly warm welcome!

The five-year-old Sumatran Tiger, the rarest and smallest of all tiger species, arrived in Adelaide on 31 December after transferring from Australia Zoo in Queensland.

“Delilah is settling into the Immersion exhibit superbly well,” said Senior Keeper of Carnivores, Arliah Hayward.

“She’s super calm and already flirty with male Kembali. We have seen and heard her chuffing to him and they have locked eyes across the corridor and through the mesh.

“Delilah’s unusual as she’s one of the only few Sumatran Tigers I’ve worked with who has spots as well as stripes. Hopefully tiger fans big and small will come in to welcome Delilah to her new home,” finished Arliah.

Once Delilah has settled in to her new surroundings, bonded with her new keepers and we have tracked her cycle, we will introduce her to seven-year-old male Sumatran Tiger, Kembali. Hopes are that the two will produce tiger cubs, thereby supporting efforts to ensure the survival of the critically endangered species.

The Sumatran Tiger is the last surviving subspecies of tiger in Indonesia with only 300 to 500 wild Sumatran Tigers remaining due to habitat destruction and poaching for the illegal wildlife trade.

The destruction of the Sumatran Tiger’s habitat through cultivation into palm oil plantations has seen their range and prey greatly reduce and numbers dwindle to a critically endangered level.

As a conservation charity, Zoos SA supports the global transition to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil and works with on-ground conservation groups including Wildlife Asia.

In more tiger news, conservation followers will be excited to learn that the sixth day of the lunar Year of the Tiger and Delilah’s sixth birthday coincide (6 Feb).

To mark the auspicious alignment, Zoos SA is working with the China Town Association to present a celebratory Tiger weekend on 5 and 6 February 2022. Held at Adelaide Zoo, the event will feature giveaways, birthday celebrations for Delilah and more. A real must for fans of the striped species! Follow our socials for further updates!

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We advise all visitors, including members, to book online prior to their visit.

Visitors aged 16 and older who choose to come to Adelaide Zoo or Monarto Safari Park will be required to show evidence that they have been fully vaccinated (or are exempt from vaccination by order of the Chief Public Health Officer).


The day is here!Monarto Safari Park’s new Visitor Centre is open to the public from 9.30am. #thewildiscallinghttps://t.co/RmvY4qIIts

About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.

Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging.

We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.


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