ZSL London Zoo's new up-close tiger experience is now open!
Tiger Territory, home to critically-endangered Sumatran tigers, is now open at ZSL London Zoo, where the 186-year-old site has undergone a massive redevelopment to make way for the 2,500sqm (27,000sqft) enclosure. Visitors to Tiger Territory will embark on a journey through an Indonesian habitat, coming face-to-face with beautiful tigers through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
Five times the size of the previous 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.
Tigers are excellent climbers and like to observe their terrain from a towering vantage point and Tiger Territory allows them to do just that. The exhibit features tall trees for the cats to scale and high feeding poles to encourage their natural predatory behaviours.
Carefully planted to mimic the tropical foliage of the island of Sumatra, the Zoo’s team of expert horticulturalists studied images of native Indonesian flora, taken by zookeeper Teague Stubbington on a recent visit to ZSL’s tiger conservation project.
Working around the world to try to reverse the fate of the Sumatran tiger, Tiger Territory will enable ZSL to breed tigers at ZSL London Zoo and learn more about these elusive animals to apply to its field conservation projects.
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.
Tiger Territory will inform and inspire a generation of people to treasure the tiger and understand their role in its survival. It will also help fund ZSL’s tiger conservation work in the field, providing a lifeline for years to come.
Find out all about the male resident of ZSL London Zoo's brand new exhibit Tiger Territory.
Jae Jae is a handsome male Sumatran tiger with a unique and eye-catching ruff of fur.
Born in San Francisco Zoo, Jae Jae moved to Akron Zoo, Ohio with his brothers Kami Sambol, and Burung when they were all a year old.
In autumn 2012, Jae Jae went the distance for love, travelling to his new home in ZSL London Zoo to meet female tiger Melati as part of the global breeding programme for this critically endangered species.
After successful introductions by zookeepers it's clear Jae Jae and feisty Australian Melati are a good match and the relaxed Romeo seems quite smitten with the new lady in his life.
Jae Jae loves trying out new things and is always up for an adventure – be that bravely checking out a new paddock or getting to grips with a new toy. Quickly capturing the hearts of his keepers, Jae Jae is a fast learner and friendly to all he meets.
Unable to keep his feelings under-wraps, Jae Jae is an open book when it comes to emotions – and he has fallen head-over-paws in lust with his new room-mate. Jae Jae can’t help but vocalise his feelings for Melati whenever she appears, loudly chuffing and purring in her direction. One of his favourite games is to hide behind a tree and jump out on an un-suspecting Melati!
Jae Jae loves showing off his climbing skills on the five metre tall feeding pole – and he loves it even more when there’s a tasty treat at the top.
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Find out all about the female resident of ZSL London Zoo's brand new exhibit Tiger Territory.
Melati is a young female Sumatran tiger with delicate feminine features. She is noticeably smaller than male Jae Jae.
Moving to ZSL London Zoo from the west coast of Australia, Melati lived in Perth Zoo with her twin brother Jaya until she was two years old, when they were moved into separate enclosures.
Her father Hari was the last Sumatran tiger cub to be born at ZSL London Zoo, so she’s returning to her British roots.
Zookeepers say that Melati is an intelligent and careful cat – taking her time to assess situations before jumping in paws-first. Unlike her new roommate Jae Jae, Melati prefers to get to know people before deciding whether she likes them but she’s a loyal friend once she does.
Currently playing it cool with Jae Jae, Melati can’t help but show off her flirty feline side when around him, quietly chuffing in his direction and sidling up to him when they’re playing in the paddock.
Tigers live in a world of smells and keepers regularly spray perfume around Tiger Territory as enrichment for the big cats. Melati is a girls’ girl through and through – her favourite scent is the ultra- feminine Chanel No.5!
Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae)
Perth Zoo, Perth, Australia
Melati lived at Perth Zoo since birth
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