Lions, no more tigers and bears, oh my god! Meet PDZA’s New Resident Tiger
Meet Raja, the new resident of Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. The critically endangered 2-year-old Sumatran tiger was revealed to the public last weekend (June 19-20) and may hold the key to protecting the Sumatran tiger species.
Raja is definitely no longer in Kansas, but Tacoma welcomes the tiger with open arms and the possibility it brings.
Raja moved from Topeka Zoo and Conservation Center to Point Defiance Zoo in an effort to stimulate reproduction and ensure the future survival of the big cat species. With around 400 remaining, zoos have joined the Sumatran Tiger Species Survival Plan to protect critically endangered species from total extinction due to habitat loss, poaching, lack of prey and tiger-human conflict. The Point Defiance Zoo has become a leader in conservation efforts for the Sumatran tiger, as well as a list of other endangered species.
“We are proud to be part of the conservation community that works to ensure this species exists for future generations,” said Dr Karen Goodrowe Beck, General Curator and Coordinator of the Species Survival Plan for All Species. tigers at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. in a press release.
Raja’s precious genetics are vital for the survival of her species, said Dr Goodrowe Beck. In the future, Raja will likely spawn the cubs of the three female Sumatran tigers housed at the zoo: Kali, Kirana and / or Indah.
Visit Raja in the Asian Forest Sanctuary section of the Point Defiance Zoo and stay tuned for news of baby Sumatran tigers in the future.