Cubs continue blood line for critically endangered species
A CRITICALLY endangered Sumatran tiger at Australia Zoo delivered her second litter of cubs.
Kaitlyn gave birth to a boy and a girl after going into labour on Saturday morning, with the first cub born at 1pm Saturday, and the other arriving on Monday morning.
Like their half-brothers, Hunter and Clarence, born in 2013, the cubs carry significant genetic value in the captive breeding program for Sumatran tigers because of Kaitlyn's wild bloodline.
Giles Clark, Head of Australia Zoo's Tiger department, has confirmed that both Kaitlyn and her two new cubs are healthy and doing well.
"We're so thrilled about Kaitlyn's brand new cubs! They signify an important milestone by continuing the wild bloodline of Sumatran tigers in the global breeding program," he said.
"At the moment there are less than 500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild which means there's a very real possibility that this incredible species could become extinct in our lifetime.
"Cubs like these are the insurance protecting tigers from disappearing altogether."
The new cubs will play an important role acting as ambassadors for their wild cousins and raising much needed awareness and funds to protect tigers in Sumatran jungles from illegal poaching and habitat destruction.
Just like with Hunter and Clarence, the new cubs will become part of the zoo's tiger program, bonding with keepers from an early age.
This bond between the cubs and their keepers will allow the Tiger Crew to give them the best possible quality of life at the Zoo including enrichment through various different experiences and interactions.