Check out Australia Zoo’s Sumatran Tigers!
Get amongst the action at Australia Zoo’s very own Tiger Temple. We are home to some of the last surviving Indonesian species of big cat – the Sumatran tiger! These fierce felines are often spotted cuddling with their keepers, exploring their home and, if you’re lucky, taking a plunge in their very own swimming pool.
Found throughout the forests and grasslands of Sumatra, these big cats are the smallest of all remaining tiger species. They are an impressive and powerful hunter with the ability to jump up to 5 metres (16 feet) in length! Using their stealthy stalking abilities, they will successfully hunt deer, pigs, jungle fowl and fish. Sumatran tigers have a range of vocalisations and communication tools. Their roar can be heard up to 3 kilometres (1.8 miles) away. Crikey! Like all tiger species, their beautiful orange and black striped coat is unique to every individual, just like our fingerprints!
Sumatran tigers are a critically endangered species. There are fewer than 350 left in the wild. These beautiful animals are victim to the illegal wildlife pet trade, illegal poaching for traditional medicine, illegal hunting for pelts and meat, as well as experiencing rapid deforestation and habitat loss. They are a species that is facing certain extinction without our protection.
Working with Wildlife Warriors, we support the most successful tiger conservation program in Asia. Let’s keep them on the planet for the years to come!
1.9 - 2.3 metres
Up to 140 kilograms
100 - 105 days