Sumatran tiger joins Twitter!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
The newest parent at Zoo Atlanta will soon be tweeting about her experiences as a first-time mother of two. Chelsea, a 7-year-old female Sumatran tiger, will be the focus of a new Twitter account providing a lighthearted look at the growth and development of the first tigers born at Zoo Atlanta in more than a decade.
Chelsea, who gave birth to two cubs late in the evening on July 5, is currently bonding with her new offspring in a specially prepared indoor den. Although it may be several weeks before the cubs make their official debut, guests now have the opportunity to watch the new arrivals live on camera from the Tiger/Sun Bear Terrace at Zoo Atlanta. A new tiger cub webcam, now running 24/7 through a partnership with EarthCam, is available on zooatlanta.org/tiger_cub_cam until the cubs go on exhibit in approximately four to six weeks.
Chelsea’s Twitter (twitter.com/SumatranTigerZA) is the Zoo’s first account devoted to an individual animal. The official Zoo Atlanta Twitter is currently followed by more than 8,100 users.
Chelsea and her newborns are ambassadors for the world’s rarest tiger species. Now believed to number fewer than 400 in the wild, Sumatran tigers face extinction as a result of poaching, habitat loss and territory fragmentation caused by deforestation. Conservation projects supported by Zoo Atlanta includework to preserve tiger habitat in Sumatra’s Aceh Forest.