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Join Palm Beach Zoo in celebrating the joyful birth of Api and Kadar’s three Malayan tiger cubs through a baby gift TODAY!
For their first three months of their life, tiger mom Api and her 3 cubs lived in their behind-the-scenes area of the habitat specifically designed for a growing family. It included comfortable dens, outside yards and cameras for keeping a close eye on them since their birth on Mother's Day, May 12. During that time, they gained their eyesight (tiger cubs are born blind), bonded with mom and each other, and grew in size and independence.Tiger dad Kadar, like all tiger dads, is not part of raising cubs.
Now, the Malayan tiger cub trio - two females and one male - and Api spend each day playing and practicing their tiger skills in the Tiger River Habitat, sponsored by Braman Motorcars, in the Asia area of the Zoo.
The cubs are a life-line for the critically endangered Malayan tiger subspecies. Tiger parents Api and Kadar were recommended as a mated pair as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The cubs’ resulting genetics contribute important diversity within the global zoo community. The zoologists and the veterinary team spent countless hours over two years working to mate Api and Kadar. The trust the tigers have for their Zoo team led to a successful outcome, healthy and thriving tiger cubs.
Palm Beach Zoo also works with Wildlife Conservation Society and other conservation groups to ensure the survival of their wild cousins facing habitat destruction and illegal hunting.
A tigers’ stripes are as individual as human fingerprints. Each cub has a unique pattern. One of the girls has a distinctive heart shaped stripe pattern over her right eye and her sister has more of a flower pattern in the same spot. The boy has a trident shaped pattern above his right eye and the tiger team zoologists have nicknamed him Triton, which he responds to. The girls also respond to their nicknames, heart and flower.
See cub updates, on our Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels (@palmbeachzoo).
Thank you for supporting your Zoo! With the temporary closure of the Zoo due to COVID-19, every dollar counts to help care for wildlife now more than ever.
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