Sumatran Tiger Cub Born at the Sacramento Zoo 

WHAT’S HAPPENING: A male Sumatran Tiger cub was born at the Sacramento Zoo.

WHERE: Sacramento Zoo, at the corner of Land Park Dr. and Sutterville Rd. in William Land Park.

WHEN: The cub was born at 2:55 am, Sunday, March 3, 2013. Mother and cub will be in a den off-exhibit while the cub develops and learns to follow his mother.

WHAT’S GOING ON: A three pound (1.38 Kg) male Sumatran Tiger cub was born at 2:55 am, Sunday, March 3, 2013. The mother Bahagia and baby appear healthy at this early point in the cub’s life.

Tiger cubs are usually about two pounds (1 Kg) at birth, born with eyes closed and rely entirely on their mother for the first three months.  Mother and baby will be inside the den, away from public view, while the baby gains strength and coordination during the first few months. Both should be on exhibit by late May or early June, in the meantime guest can check the blog for updates, photos and video.

“The birth of any Sumatran Tiger is a great contribution to this critically endangered species,” said Mary Healy, Zoo Director. “We are especially excited for this birth because it is the first time we have had a camera in the den, allowing zookeepers and veterinarians to keep a close eye on Bahagia and her cub.”

Castro, the father was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer, in early February. He and Bahagia now have five living offspring, one of which just fathered a cub at the San Francisco Zoo.

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 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.

For updates including video and photos visit the Sacramento Zoo’s blog at

Sumatran Tiger cub

Sumatran Tiger cub on March 6, 2013

CONTACT: For more information, photos and interviews contact Tonja Swank at or 916-808-7446. 

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