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The Cats out of the Bag!

Categories: Animals, Visitor Services

We are excited to announce upcoming tiger moves at the Sacramento Zoo.

Jillian, a three-year-old Sumatran Tiger (turning four on the 10th) will be moving to the Sacramento Zoo from the SF Zoo in the coming weeks. As many of you may know, Jillian just happens to be Baha’s grand-cub born the same year as CJ (who now resides at the LA Zoo).

Sumatran Tiger
Jillian the Sumatran Tiger. Photo Credit Marianne Hale.

Upon arrival Jillian will go through a standard 30-day quarantine in the Zoo’s Murray E. Fowler Veterinary Hospital before moving into our tiger exhibit. Her move to the Sacramento Zoo is based on a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Sumatran Tiger Species Survival Plan® (SSP) through the normal planning process, and coincides with the timing that young tigers usually leave their mothers.

Mohan, the male Sumatran Tiger that currently lives at the Sacramento Zoo, will not be placed in the same space with another female tiger. Plans are in the works for him to move to another zoo. For now, the Sacramento Zoo will house only Jillian. The Sacramento Zoo and the AZA Sumatran Tiger SSP Program will continue to work together for future tiger planning.

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 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 conservation programs designed to maintain genetically viable populations of animals in human care, and to organize zoo and aquarium-based efforts to preserve the species in nature.