Zoo Atlanta's curator of mammals explains
On Wednesday, Zoo Atlanta in Grant Park announced the birth of two Sumatran tiger cubs to parents Chelsea and Kavi. The news was celebrated among conservationists and lovers of big cats worldwide because Sumatran tigers are extremely rare in the wild. On Thursday, East Atlanta Patch caught up with Rebecca Snyder, Zoo Atlanta's Curator of Mammals to explain the significance of the births and the zoo's role in conservation efforts.
Chelsea, the Sumatran tiger, gives birth to two cubs
Move over, Po. There's a new cuddly cub in town. Actually, two. Zoo Atlanta said Wednesday that Chelsea, a 7-year-old Sumatran tigress, gave birth to a pair of cubs, sired by 10-year-old male Kavi. The cubs are the first tigers born at Zoo Atlanta since the birth of Bahagia in 2000. She later moved to the Sacremento Zoo in 2002. The birth is significant because Sumatran tigers — found only on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia — are the rarest within the tiger species, with 400 left in the wild, Zoo Atlanta said.