8th May 2013 - Three endangered Malayan tiger cubs were born at Busch Gardens Tampain Florida on Sunday, 31st March. The litter, the first ever to be born at Busch Gardens, consists of two males and one female, each weighing between six and seven pounds (2.7kg – 3.1kg). The cubs are currently being monitored around the clock by the park’s animal care team.
With only an estimated 500 Malayan tigers remaining in the wild, Malayan tigers are critically endangered. These newborn cubs will add to the genetic diversity of the Malayan tiger population and contribute to conservation efforts for the species and help preserve the species.
The births are part of the park’s partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species populations within AZA-accredited facilities. There are currently just over 50 Malayan tigers in the Species Survival Plan.
In approximately one month, the Busch Gardens animal care team will start introducing the cubs to the Jungala habitat, which is included with park entrance. The cubs will rotate separate sessions on the habitat with the Bengal tiger groups that currently reside there.