Make us your home page
Instagram

Baby animal alert: Fighting extinction, Lowry Park Zoo welcomes birth of rare tiger cub (w/video)

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo announced Tuesday that on Sept. 11 the zoo welcomed its first critically endangered Malayan tiger cub. With only 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild, the implications of this birth "could be massive in the protection of the species both in the wild and in human care," the zoo wrote in a news release.

Close-up pictures aren't available yet as the zookeepers leave the mom and cub alone in their den, but a video of the pair was released Tuesday showing the super-cute baby tiger nursing.

The cub was born to the tiger named Bzui (pronounced Ba-ZOO-ee), and is being cared for in a den out of sight of visitors, away from the exhibit. The pair will likely not be on exhibit for several weeks as Bzui nurses and cares for the cub as she would in the wild, zoo officials said.

Bzui came to the zoo last spring to join her mate, Mata, as a recommendation from the Association of Zoo's and Aquarium's Malayan Tiger Species Survival Plan.

"The cub is growing normally and nursing well," said Larry Killmar, the zoo's chief zoological officer. "Our zoo is proud to be working to preserve a species like the Malayan tiger, which is facing a growing number of threats in the wild."

Malayan tigers are the smallest of all tiger species, with an average weight of 260 pounds for adult males and 220 pounds for females. Poaching and rapid habitat decline are two primary causes for their continued population decline, as well as heightened conflict from expanding human development.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has determined the Malayan tiger is critically endangered — one step away from becoming extinct in the wild.

The zoo will update its Facebook page and on Twitter with regular news on the cub's development, photos and announcements concerning when the cub will be introduced to the tiger habitat.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo welcomed its first critically endangered Malayan tiger cub. The pair will likely be out of sight from visitors for the next few weeks.

Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo welcomed its first critically endangered Malayan tiger cub. The pair will likely be out of sight from visitors for the next few weeks.

Baby animal alert: Fighting extinction, Lowry Park Zoo welcomes birth of rare tiger cub (w/video) 09/27/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 5:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. From the archives: Account of famed Riggs-King match heightens Tampa mob intrigue

    Tennis

    With the Sept. 29 opening of "Battle of the Sexes" — the movie starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell about Billie Jean King's landmark 1973 tennis win over Bobby Riggs — we thought there might be renewed interest in this 2013 Peter Jamison story from the Tampa Bay Times.

    Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in "Battle of the Sexes."  [Melinda Sue Gordon, Fox Searchlight Pictures]
  2. Halloween Horror Nights: 'The Shining,' 'Saw' and more things to give you nightmares at Universal Orlando

    Blogs

    The 27th year of Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights will scare the pants off you -- in the best possible way.

    The scare zone inspired by horror flick Trick r' Treat is one of the most beautiful at this year's Halloween Horror Nights 27.
  3. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 22

    Events

    Arcade Fire: The wildly acclaimed indie rock outfit tour in support of their fifth album, Infinite Content. Presumably, the band will also play songs from their first few albums. Wolf Parade opens. 7 p.m., University of South Florida Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $35-$75. (813) 974-3004.

    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08:  Musician Win Butler of Arcade Fire performs onstage during The 24th Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas at The Shrine Auditorium on December 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Radio.com)
  4. What the 10 terms Merriam-Webster just added to the dictionary say about our foodie culture

    Cooking

    Joining "troll" (as in, a rude person on the Internet, not a bridge-dwelling creature), "alt-right" and "dog whistle," 10 food-related words were added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary this week. That's out of 250 new terms, a pretty good ratio that signals the ongoing shift toward a more food-obsessed culture, one …

    IPA is one of the words recently added to the dictionary.