The Taiping Zoo and Night Safari (ZTNS) which witnessed the birth of three tiger cubs on Sunday, April 12 reports that the cubs are thriving.
According to Taiping District Council President, Khairul Amir Mohamad Zubir, the cubs are two females and a male.
“The cubs were born to an 11-year-old tigress and they weigh around 700 to 900 grams,” he mentioned. “The tigress was also born at ZTNS in 2009. Now, the zoo has a total of eight tigers from the Harimau Malaya species, including the newborns.”
The director of ZTNS, Dr Kevin Lazarus informed that the Harimau Malaya species lives for an average of 16 to 20 years. Also known by its scientific name, Panthera Tigris Jacksoni, the Harimau Malaya species lives a solitary life.
“Every newborn Harimau Malaya cub lives with its mother for approximately 18 months while weaning occurs around three to four months of age,” he explained. “This is the fourth successful birth in ZTNS during the Movement Control Order. The last birth was in 2009.”
Khairul Amir added that the cubs and their mother are left to live in isolation while under frequent monitoring to ensure their health safety.
“Following the enforcement of MCO to break the COVID-19 spread, the zoo was closed since March 18,” he said. “Despite that, efforts to maintain animal welfare in ZTNS still continued on schedule.
“Hopefully, the goal of increasing the Harimau Malaya population to at least 500 in five years to come can be realized,” Khairul Amir expressed.
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