Three Endangered Malayan Tiger Cubs Born at Busch Garden Tampa

First Posted: May 06, 2013 09:09 AM EDT

Good news for the endangered Malayan tiger population: three cubs were born March 31, 2013, at the Busch Garden Tampa. According to scientists, the birth of the two male and one female cub is essential in order to help preserve these endangered species.

There are approximately just 500 Malayan tigers present in the wild. They are one of the five surviving tiger subspecies, and are found throughout parts of Malaysia and Thailand. They are mostly found inhabiting the less dense forests and jungles, where they have ample supply of food.

Weighing around 6-7 pounds, the newborn cubs are under constant monitoring by the park's animal care team. The cubs will add to the genetic diversity of the Malayan tiger population and also contribute to the conservation efforts for the species. These are the first Malayan tigers born at the Busch Gardens Tampa.

In one month's time, these cubs, born to mother Bzui and father Mata, will be introduced to the Jungala habitat, where they will move on separate sessions of the habitat along with the Bengal tigers that currently stay there.

The birth of these cubs is a part of the park's partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP).

According to the press details, one of the cubs is suffering from anemia and has also developed a benign skin condition that is seen on both domestic and wild felines.  The cub is being given treatment as it is in a serious condition.

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