Tiger Cub Makes His Public Debut

The Sacramento Zoo announces the long anticipated public debut of CJ, the male Sumatran Tiger cub born March 3, 2013. The cub has remained behind the scenes with his mother while he gained the strength and coordination to maneuver the terrain of the outdoor habitat.

Now, at three months old, he will explore the exhibit with curiosity and excitement. The new sights and smells are sure to entertain this energetic young male between lengthy catnaps.

“We are excited that we can now share CJ with the public as he is now old enough to explore the exhibit with his mom,” said Harrison Edell, General Curator at the Sacramento Zoo. “This is a big milestone for the cub, and we hope that as the public gets to know CJ they will be inspired to learn more about his wild counterparts.”

Tigers are solitary creatures and the father does not assist in the raising of cubs. For this reason, CJ and mom will explore the outdoor habitat during the day while the male lounges outside in the evening and overnight.

Sumatran Tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran Tigers are believed to exist in the wild and approximately 200 live in the zoos around the world. The Sacramento Zoo participates in the Sumatran Tiger Species Survival Plan® (SSP), coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. SSPs are cooperative breeding and conservation programs designed to maintain genetically viable populations of animals in captivity, and to organize zoo and aquarium-based efforts to preserve the species in nature.

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