A recognized leader in Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding programs for Malayan tigers, three male Malayan tiger cubs, Jaya, Bunga, and Penari, were born here at Palm Beach Zoo in 2011. Fewer than 250 Malayan tigers have been estimated to be left in the wild.
In March 2015, we opened our "Tiger River" habitat, adding an extra exhibit yard to the Henry & Charlotte Kimelman Tiger Habitat.
We thank lead corporate sponsor Braman Motorcars Palm Beach & Jupiter for their multi-year commitment which helped us double the size of the original exhibit, as well as, the amount of behind-the-scenes space for tiger housing.
Their ongoing support of the health and wellness, education, and daily operations of the four Malayan tigers that call Palm Beach Zoo home, is pivotal in helping us expand our role as Malayan tiger ambassadors.
The Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) inhabits the southern and central parts of the Malay Peninsula. It has been classified as Critically Endangered by IUCN; this population probably has fewer than 250 mature breeding individuals.
Mating and Reproduction
While males reach sexual maturity at about five-years-old, females become sexually mature much sooner at around three-years-old. Malayan tigers may mate year round, but the females attain estrus between November and March. The Malayan tiger’s aggression during the mating sessions is a typical big cat mating behavior. Their gestation period ranges between 100 and 105 days after which a litter of three to four cubs are born.
Cubs are born without eyesight and in a helpless state. They are fed milk for the first two months of their life, after which they begin living on meat and also begin accompanying their mothers on hunting trips. The mortality rate for infant Malayan tiger cubs is rather high, with less than 50% of juveniles getting past two years of age.
They live for around 15-20 years in the wild.
Sounds and Communication
Malayan tigers communicate through an array of vocalizations, including chuffs, moans, growls, and roars. Scent marking is another prime method of non-visual and non-auditory communication between two tigers.
Here are a few Malayan tiger fun facts: