Saturday 21 September 2019

Fota earns stripes as breeding centre with birth of rare Sumatran tiger cub

Quite a mouthful: Dourga carries her yet-to-be named male cub at Fota Wildlife Park in Cork. The cub was born on June 25. Photo: Darragh Kane
Quite a mouthful: Dourga carries her yet-to-be named male cub at Fota Wildlife Park in Cork. The cub was born on June 25. Photo: Darragh Kane

Ralph Riegel

A wildlife park is celebrating the birth of a rare male Sumatran tiger cub.

Fota Wildlife Park in Cork confirmed the birth of the cub to parents Dourga, an eight-year-old female, and Denar, a seven-year-old male.

The as-yet-unnamed cub is the second to be born at the park since cats from the endangered species were introduced in 2014.

A cub born in 2017, a female named Dharma, thrived at Fota and was subsequently transferred to Edinburgh Zoo.

Sumatran tigers are the rarest tiger species in the world - and Fota's breeding programme is viewed as critical to their long-term survival.

The tigers are key components of Fota's successful Asian Sanctuary.

Fota has established itself as one of the world's top breeding centres for endangered species ranging from cheetahs to bison.

The tiger cub's birth comes as a major boost for Fota which is preparing to welcome its ten-millionth visitor. The lucky guest will win an African safari.

Irish Independent

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