A Sumatran tiger was born in the Wrocław zoo on May 23, 2020. It is the first time a cub of this critically endangered species, has been born in Poland for 8 years. The two-month-old cub has been exploring the outdoor enclosure for several days now, under the watchful eye of her mother – Nuri. Soon Zoo Wrocław will launch an online poll to let animal lovers pick the baby’s name.
The parents of the little tigress are: 7-year-old Nuri, who came to Wrocław in June 2015 from the zoo in Paignton (England) and 11-year-old Tengah, born in the zoo in Rheine (Germany), and living in Wrocław since May 2010. Beata Niewęgłowska, the tiger’s keeper, told journalists, it was a family birth, because the parents were in the same enclosure at that time. After giving birth, the mother licked the cub, which started nursing a moment later. The father sniffed the baby and walked away.
Almost two months have passed since then and the little tigress goes outside for walks, so visitors can see her. Her mother is always with her and watches her closely. She's still a little clumsy, but that adds to her charm that will soften every heart. She does not have a name yet, but ZOO Wrocław will launch an online poll on its social media, so it is worth following the zoo’s Facebook page. The zoo also hopes the little tigress will find a sponsor - a company that will virtually adopt her.
Tigers are one of the most beautiful wild cats. However, they are killed to become ingredients of the pseudo-drugs of Chinese medicine. Every part of their body is considered a medicine. For example, powdered tail is used to treat nausea, gallstone ointment for eye fatigue, and brain paste for acne. Conservation breeding is the only chance for survival this tiger has. The situation is so serious that its conservation program is managed globally.
- It is estimated that there are about 400-500 individuals left in nature, and only 272 in zoos. In addition, our experience shows that this subspecies of tiger does not reproduce as easily as others - only 13 young were born last year. These facts show that we don't have time; we have to act and save these beautiful cats. The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has a single breeding program, not divided into regions. In addition, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) works to stop the trade of tigers and their parts not only in Asia, but also in Europe, because the problem is global. When buying traditional Chinese medicine or dietary supplements, we must pay close attention to the composition, because there may be hidden ingredients made from animals, such as tigers. - said Radosław Ratajszczak, president of Zoo Wrocław.