Baton Rouge Zoo’s Tiger Cubs Make Their First Public Debut
With Cubs Now on Exhibit, the Zoo Looks to Community for Help in Naming
Baton Rouge, LA—The two female Malayan tiger cubs born at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo in late July are now out of their den and on exhibit for public view. The cubs are accompanied in the exhibit by their mother and can be seen during normal Zoo operating hours until 4 p.m., weather permitting.
“We’ve gotten calls and messages for months now asking when the cubs were going to come out,” said Sam Winslow, Assistant Director and General Curator. “They have grown exponentially over the past three months and have become very mobile and independent. This week, we gave our adult female the opportunity to bring them out into the exhibit. It has gone well and the cubs seem to be enjoying all the new sights and sounds.”
The Zoo is now asking for the public’s help in naming the two cubs. Name suggestions can be submitted via the Zoo’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages now through November 21. The submissions will then be narrowed to a list of four finalists and the community will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite. Although there are no official rules regarding the suggested names, Malaysian names have a better chance of being selected, in respect of the origin of the species.
The cubs were born to the Zoo’s female Malayan tiger, who came to the Zoo in 2009 from the Fort Worth Zoo, and the Zoo’s male Malayan tiger, who arrived from the Little Rock Zoo in 2012. Tiger cubs typically stay in a den with their mother for eight to twelve weeks and will venture out on exhibit only after they are strong enough to navigate the space independently.
The Malayan subspecies was first recognized in 2004. With an estimated 500 or fewer existing in the wild, they are currently identified as Endangered with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) have recognized this critical problem
and have pooled resources to help maintain a sustainable, genetically diverse tiger population for their wild counterparts through the Species Survival Plan (SSP). There are currently 104 institutions involved in this effort with 49 focused on Amur tigers, 28 on Sumatran tigers and 27 on Malayan tigers. Of those institutions, six successfully bred tigers in the past eight months for a total of 19 cub births.
For more information about visiting hours at the Zoo, please visit www.brzoo.org.
About BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including tigers, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger, Flamingo Cove, Giants of the Islands, Safari Playground, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo exhibits offer fun and education for all ages. The Baton Rouge Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a distinction reserved for only the top 10% of zoos in the nation. For more information, please visit http://www.brzoo.org.
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