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Friday, May 25, 2012

Little Rock Zoo gets female tiger for breeding

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

SUHANA: LR Zoos visiting Malayan tiger, hoped soon to get familiar with zoos male.
  • Jessie Little, LR Zoo keeper
  • SUHANA: LR Zoo's visiting Malayan tiger, hoped soon to get familiar with zoo's male.

The Little Rock Zoo has a new female Malayan tiger from the Baton Rouge Zoo.

Coming soon: Introduction to the zoo's male Malayan tiger.

Objective: Offspring.

Details follow.

LR ZOO NEWS RELEASE

The Little Rock Zoo is proud to announce the arrival of Suhana, a four-year-old Malayan tiger from the Baton Rouge Zoo, who will soon be paired with Liku, the Zoo’s eight-year-old Malayan tiger living at the Zoo since 2006.

The arrival of Suhana comes at the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Special Survival Plan (SSP) for the Malayan tiger, a group of experts in the field of animal care who make breeding and companion recommendations to ensure the long-term survival of endangered species, such as the Malayan tiger.

The Zoo’s other male tiger, Intan, brother to Liku, was sent from the Little Rock Zoo to the Baton Rouge Zoo to breed with Suhana’s sister, Nazira.

After a short acclamation period, zoo staff will begin the careful practice of introducing Suhana to Liku. The two tigers currently rotate on exhibit with Suhana going outside in the morning and Liku going outside in the afternoon. The two tigers cannot see each other behind-the-scenes in their indoor enclosure, but can smell each other and often call to each other.

The Zoo’s tiger exhibit will be renovated to provide for two yards: one for Liku and one for Suhana and her cubs once they are born.

The Little Rock Zoo is accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit www.aza.org.

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