Two Sumatran tigers are headed to Tasmania Zoo

EXCITED: Tasmania Zoo will welcome two critically endangered Sumatran tigers named  Cinta and Jalur on Friday. Picture: Phillip Biggs
EXCITED: Tasmania Zoo will welcome two critically endangered Sumatran tigers named Cinta and Jalur on Friday. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Two critically endangered Sumatran tigers will soon call Tasmania home. 

Cinta and brother Jalur left Sydney’s Symbio Wildlife Park on Wednesday and are expected to arrive at Tasmania Zoo on Friday. 

Head zookeeper Emma Morgan said the tiger’s arrival had been a longtime coming. 

“This has been our biggest project to date,” she said. 

“We have been planning for the best part of a year and building the enclosure for the past six months. 

“These are certainly the first Sumatran tigers to come to Tasmania, so it is a big deal for us and for the breed.”

Both 10 years old, the tiger siblings are originally from Auckland Zoo in New Zealand and have spent the past eight years in Sydney.

Less than 300 Sumatran tigers remain in the world today.