The Dreamworld family is delighted to announce the birth of two female tiger cubs at Tiger Island recently, which will help further support the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation’s global conservation initiatives for tigers in the wild.
Mum, Nika, gave birth to the sister cubs on Wednesday 24 January 2018 at 9.40am and 10.50am.
The yet to be named sister cubs weighed a healthy 1.4kg and 1.6kg. Dreamworld veterinary teams have been watching Nika and her cubs around the clock and they are all doing well.
The birth heralds the first pitter-patter of newborn paws at Dreamworld since 2015 and the sixth litter born at Dreamworld since Tiger Island opened in 1995.
The cubs will remain in the Tiger Island nursery den for the next two weeks and are then expected to make their first public appearance later in February 2018.
Dreamworld’s General Manager of Life Sciences, Al Mucci, said the birth of the cubs marked another important step forward in the global tiger conservation movement, supported by the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation.
“As Queensland and the Gold Coast gear up to welcome visitors from around the country and the world for the Commonwealth Games in April 2018, it’s a perfect time for Dreamworld to be promoting the tiger conservation message.
“These two beautiful cubs will be fantastic global ambassadors for their endangered cousins in the wild.
“Around the world, it is estimated there are fewer than 4,000 tigers alive in the wild. Tigers are listed as critically endangered and Dreamworld’s breeding program is helping to ensure a long-term future for these magnificent animals.
“Our Tiger Island facility is focussed on educating guests on the perilous state of wild tigers.
“We’re very proud of the fact the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation is one of the world’s largest financial contributors to wild tiger conservation.
“Tiger programs are a core component of the tiger conservation movement and we plan on these two girls growing up to be mums of their own, as part of breeding programs with our other Australian zoo partners,” Mr Mucci said.
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