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Minnesota Zoo welcomes rare Amur tiger cubs
Births are notable as only about 350-400 Amur tigers remain in the wild
This past Mother's Day, May 8, 2022, 4 Amur tiger cubs were born at the Minnesota Zoo while being observed by its animal care and health teams. Unfortunately, 1 cub did not survive, though this is common for litters this size.
According to an organizational release,1 the 3 other cubs—2 males and 1 female—have been successfully bonding with their mother, Sundari, or “Dari,” her nickname.
"These cubs represent a major, positive step forward in our efforts to support the global population of Amur tigers," said John Frawley, Minnesota Zoo director, in the release. "Having three thriving cubs, and a mother who is successfully raising them, is a true testament to the care and dedication provided by our incredible team of zookeepers and veterinary staff."
Since their births, the 3 cubs have been monitored while they reach each milestone. They remain in a behind-the-scenes habitat with Dari, who has demonstrated excellent maternal instincts. The zoo plans for the cubs to be moved into their habitat in mid-to-late July, where they can be viewed by visitors.
"Dari has proven to be an incredible mother to these cubs," commented Taylor Yaw, DVM, CertAqV, chief animal care, health, and conservation Officer.1 "She has been attentive, nursing around the clock, and keeping the cubs groomed and by her side. The deep bond and trust that our keepers have formed with Dari over the years has allowed us to monitor the cubs and safely separate her from the cubs in order to perform routine health checks."
These births mark an important stride for conserving the Amur tiger species. Among the most endangered animals in the world, only about 350-400 Amur tigers remain in the wild.2
Since its inception in 1978, the Minnesota Zoo has supported efforts in the wild and played a crucial part in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Amur tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP).
- Minnesota Zoo celebrates birth of rare Amur tiger cubs. News release. Minnesota Zoo. June 9, 2022. Accessed June 9, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/minnesota-zoo-celebrates-birth-of-rare-amur-tiger-cubs-301565195.html
- Amur tigers. The Wildlife Conservation Society Russia. Accessed June 9, 2022. https://russia.wcs.org/en-us/Wildlife/Amur-Tigers.aspx