Satu the Sumatran Tiger has this zoo caper licked.
The 85kg+ male arrived at Ballarat Wildlife Park last week and is already out and about, impressing visitors.
He joins Maneki (below), a female who also came from Australia Zoo in Queensland.
The shy tigress was brought to the park late last year.
** The Park has released a statement on Satu's arrival ...
The tigers are part of a Global Species Management Plan and will be ambassadors for helping their wild cousins survive in the wild through education programs and promotion of conservation initiatives.
The new ‘Tiger Sanctuary’ conservation display has been designed to ensure a stress-free environment for its new inhabitants, as well as training staff to provide a positive quality of life that every animal living in captivity deserves.
The tigers’ home features swimming pools, climbing poles, shady areas, heated dens and are double the size of the standard requirement for a tiger enclosure. The enclosure also includes state-of-the-art security to ensure the tigers and the community are kept safe.
Sumatran Tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) from the Indonesian island of Sumatra face many challenges to their survival.
It is estimated that only between 500-600 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild, and the actual number may be as low as 400.
The Sumatran Tiger population is dropping rapidly due to the clearing of their natural habitat for farming and palm oil plantations, as well as poaching of tigers for markets and medicine trade.
The Sumatran Tiger is the only surviving tiger population in the Sunda Islands, where the Bali and Javan Tigers are now extinct.
Ballarat Wildlife Park is supporting tiger conservation efforts via the Tiger Protection Conservation Unit. The TPCU are a group of rangers on the frontline in Sumatra, they disable snares, follow leads, solve tiger-human conflicts and provide evidence for legal proceedings.
Their continual work is contributing to saving the Sumatran tiger species.