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Tiger cubs go on the prowl!
Friday, September 2, 2011

Sohni and Sanjiv are enjoying their first adventures on exhibit

ATLANTA – September 2, 2011 ― The wait is over! The first Sumatran tiger cubs born at Zoo Atlanta in more than a decade are on the prowl today, Sohni and Sanjiv are exploring their exhibit with their mother Chelsea.

Previously only visible via webcam, the 8-week-old cubs are investigating their lush outdoor habitat, which features three different viewing opportunities for visitors in the new Complex Carnivores and adjacent Trader’s Alley. Guests may be treated to sightings as the siblings enjoy their first adventures on public view.

“We’re so excited about finally being able to introduce Sohni and Sanjiv to our Members and guests, not just because they’re adorable new babies, but because they represent a critically endangered species,” said Rebecca Snyder, PhD, Curator of Mammals. “Chelsea has been a very attentive mother so far, so she may be initially cautious about taking her cubs into a new area. We expect the cubs’ visibility and length of time spent on exhibit to increase in coming days.”

Sumatran tigers are the world’s second rarest tiger species, with fewer than 400 believed to remain in the wild. Poaching, habitat loss and territory fragmentation caused by deforestation are the primary threats to the critically endangered cats, which are found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Zoo Atlanta is a participant in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP), which seeks to maintain a self-sustaining, genetically diverse population within North American zoos. Conservation projects supported by Zoo Atlanta include work to preserve tiger habitat located in a critical wildlife corridor in Sumatra’s Aceh Forest.