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The Sacramento Zoo is Showing New Stripes

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

Welcome Jillian! The four-year-old Sumatran Tiger joins us from the San Francisco Zoo. She is grand-cub to the late Baha and Castro. As an animal ambassador at the Sacramento Zoo she will play an important role in representing the fewer than 500 Sumatran Tigers that remain in the wild. As Jillian adjusts to the sights and sounds of her new home you may not always catch a glimpse of her. If you are lucky enough to spot her be sure to stay quiet. The Zoo is being patient, allowing her all the time she needs to become comfortable.

Jillian comes to us at the recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Sumatran Tiger Species Survival Plan® (SSP). For the time being, she will be the only tiger at the Sacramento Zoo. The Sacramento Zoo and the AZA Sumatran Tiger SSP Program will continue to work together for appropriate future tiger planning for the Zoo.

This 213-pound cat is an active and inquisitive young adult. We are excited to learn more about her personality as she settles into her new home and becomes accustomed to her new keepers.

Sumatran Tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 of the solitary cats 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 species in nature.