The San Diego Zoo Safari Park's welcomed a tiger cub duo to their new home. One of the cubs is a three month old rescue Bengal tiger cub, along with his four month old friend, a Sumatran tiger cub.
The zoo says both cubs have settled in nicely to their new home at the Tull Family Tiger Trail.
“The two cubs are adjusting really well to their new home,” said Lori Hieber, senior mammal keeper, San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “They’re doing great. They act like little brothers; they play and cuddle a lot, and they squabble a bit like most brothers, but it’s all natural, healthy behavior.”
The Bengal tiger cub was brought to the San Diego Zoo in August after being confiscated by US Customs and Border Protection officers during a vehicle inspection at the US/Mexico port of entry near San Diego.
The cub remains under the jurisdiction of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The San Diego Zoo says it is committed to reducing wildlife trafficking and the demand for illegal wildlife products.
The Sumatran tiger cub was born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, but his mother was unable to take care of him. A decision was made between multiple efforts that the best solution for the animal was to transfer him to the Safari Park, so he would grow up with another tiger cub.
The Zoo says the cubs have bonded well, and are currently weighing 32 pounds each.
“We feel really fortunate to have these two cubs here,” said Hieber. “It was an unusual circumstance for us to acquire them, but we think they’re in the best possible hands, and they’re going to have a wonderful life while they’re here at Tiger Trail.”
The cubs will be visible to guests daily from 9am to 12:15pm. They may also be seen occasionally on the Safari Park’s online Tiger Cam, which can be viewed at sdzsafaripark.org/tiger-cam.