TAMPA, Fla. – Three endangered Malayan tiger cubs were born at Busch Gardens Tampa Sunday, March 31. The litter consists of two males and one female.
Each cub weighs between six and seven pounds, and is currently being monitored around the clock by the park’s animal care team.
Malayan tigers are critically endangered. Scientists estimate that only 500 remain in the wild. These newborn cubs will add to the genetic diversity of the Malayan tiger population and contribute to conservation efforts for the species.
Malayan tiger cub births in managed care are rare – just one successful birth in 2012. These are the first Malayan tigers born at Busch Gardens Tampa and the first offspring for both the mother Bzui and father Mata.
The tiger cubs, along with Bzui and Mata, are currently behind the scenes and are being monitored around the clock by the park’s animal care team.
In approximately one month, the Busch Gardens animal care team will start introducing the cubs to the Jungala habitat. Anyone interested in the cubs can follow their progress on BuschGardensTampaBlog.com.