Rare Sumatran tiger cubs born at London Zoo

The critically endangered tiger subspecies has only 400 to 500 individuals remaining in the wild.

30th June 2016
Sumatran Tiger cub © ZSL London Zoo

Two Sumatran tiger cubs have been born at ZSL London Zoo. Their mother, seven-year-old Melati, gave birth on 27 June 2016 after a pregnancy lasting 108 days.

Assistant curator of mammals Teague Stubbington said: “We’re overjoyed with our new arrivals, and with how Melati is responding to her two cubs.”

The zoo has installed a ‘cubcam’, which allows the keepers to watch over the youngsters throughout the day or night, without disturbing them.

“One of us is always on duty to keep an eye on the little ones throughout the night,” he added. “Dad Jae Jae has also been spotted taking a peek at his newborns!”

Sumatran tigers are one of the world’s rarest tiger subspecies and are classified as critically endangered, with just 400 to 500 individuals remaining in the wild. Their natural habitat includes the forests and wetlands of Sumatra, where they hunt wild pigs and deer.

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