Sumatran tigers originate from Sumatra in Indonesia and are critically endangered in the wild with an estimated 300 wild tigers remaining.
Tigers, like domestic cats, love to sleep and it’s not uncommon for ZSL London Zoo's tigers to sleep up to 18 hours a day.
New tiger exhibit!
Tiger Territory, which will be home to critically-endangered Sumatran tigers, will open in March 2013 at ZSL London Zoo. The 186-year-old site is currently undergoing a massive redevelopment to make way for the 2,500sqm (27,000sqft) enclosure.
Five times the size of the current tiger enclosure, the new exhibit has been designed with ZSL’s team of tiger keepers, conservationists and experts to ensure that it perfectly suits the big cats’ needs. Find out more
Until the opening of Tiger Territory in 2013, there will no Sumatran tigers on show at ZSL London Zoo.
Conserving tigers in the wild
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is working in Sumatra to help save these charismatic carnivores. The tiger is desperately endangered throughout its range and its future is in our hands. Over the last decade the wild tiger population has been decimated, with a massive 95% drop in numbers.
The European breeding programme and the Global Management Species Programme for Sumatran tigers are both coordinated by ZSL London Zoo – where ZSL’s specialists are responsible for ensuring a healthy and diverse population of tigers in zoos around the world.
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Watch this video of our Sumatran tigers climbing high to get to their food as part of our tiger enrichment programme to help them display natural behaviours and keep in great physical shape.
Exclusive tiger print
ZSL has collaborated with design company Woop Studios to produce an exclusive print to raise money for Tiger Territory. To represent the 300 Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild, there are only 300 copies of the print which will sell for £300 each, £150 of which will go to ZSL.