The San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Sumatran tigers have been off exhibit for several months, but starting today, visitors to http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/tigertrail/ will be able to see the orange-and- black striped felines online via Tiger Cam.
The Safari Park has installed six cameras inside the 5.2-acre Tull Family Tiger Trail, which will open on May 24, 2014. The multiple cameras allow the web cam to showcase tigers in each of three yards, which feature rocks for climbing, ponds for swimming, deadwood trees to use as scratching posts and long grasses for catnaps.
Tiger Trail at the Safari Park is currently home to six Sumatran tigers: Delta, the 16- year-old matriarch, Teddy, a 10-year-old male, 4-year-old sisters Joanne and Majel and 2-year-old brothers Conrad and Thomas.
Delta is the mother of all four of the young tigers at the Safari Park. Animal care staff describe her as a fiercely protective mother who takes great care of her cubs. When guests visit the Safari Park, they might be able to pick out Delta by her most distinguishable characteristic: a beauty mark under her left eye.
Delta’s breeding partner, Teddy, is the newest tiger at the Safari Park. He arrived in February 2013 from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in Indiana and is also the largest tiger in the group. Tiger Cam watchers should expect to see Teddy roaming solo in one of the Tiger Trail yards, as adult tigers are solitary creatures except when they pair up with females for breeding.
Sisters Joanne and Majel, born in October 2010, are the 21st and 22nd Sumatran tigers born at the Safari Park. Majel is slightly larger than Joanne, but the best way to tell them apart is to look for the spots between Joanne’s stripes or the straight lines on Majel’s head.
Conrad and Thomas are the youngest Sumatran tigers at the Safari Park, born in March 2012. But despite their age, they are growing quickly and almost weigh as much as Teddy, who is eight years older. These brothers still share a habitat and can often be seen wrestling and playing with enrichment items. Animal care staff can tell them apart by the large black bands on Conrad’s tail and the R-shaped marking near the base of Thomas’s tail.
There are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild and that number continues to drop. Scientists estimate that this tiger subspecies could become extinct in its native Sumatra by 2020, unless measures are taken to protect and preserve it.
Tigers face many challenges in the wild, from loss of habitat to human-tiger conflicts, but the biggest threat continues to be poaching. Tigers are killed and their body parts sold illegally, mostly for folk remedies. People can help protect wild tigers by avoiding products that harm tiger habitat and refusing to purchase items made from endangered wildlife.
CONTACT: San Diego Zoo Global Public Relations, 619-685-3291