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.
The 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.
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.
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Three of the world’s rarest tiger cubs have made their public debut just in time for Mothers’ Day, exploring the outdoor paddock of their home at ZSL London Zoo’s Tiger Territory.
The seven-week-old cubs joined mum, Melati, when she ventured outside to stretch her legs on Wednesday afternoon, and appeared delighted with their new play area.
The cubs, who won’t be named until keepers know if they are boys or girls, have been spotted playing in their custom-built cub conservatory area, but this is the first time that they’ve ventured outside into the main paddock.
After taking cautious steps towards the entrance and with a few encouraging nudges from mum, the trio were soon busy exploring, with one even attempting to climb a fallen tree trunk.
Zookeeper Tracey Lee said: “We were watching the cubs on the hidden cameras in their dens, when it looked like they were about to follow Melati outside – we all rushed to the exhibit and were just thrilled to catch them playing outside for the first time.
“We got a real glimpse of their different personalities, as two of the cubs confidently bounded outside while the other one hung back a little and needed a bit more encouragement from mum.
“Melati spends 24 hours a day caring for the cubs, playing with them, feeding them and washing them and only leaves them for a few minutes at a time to eat, so they’ve given her the best Mothers’ Day treat of a few minutes peace!”
While keepers can’t predict when the cubs will be out and about, visitors to ZSL London Zoo can still catch six-year-old dad Jae Jae hanging out in Tiger Territory.
Find out all about the male resident of ZSL London Zoo's Sumatran tiger 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.
On 3 February 2014, Jae Jae become a dad - to no less than three Sumatran tiger cubs!
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.
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 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.
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!
On the 3 February 2014, Melati gave birth to three cubs - vital new additions to the international breeding programme for this critically endangered species.