WHAT: Amur tiger, Mara, introduces her four tiger cubs to outdoor habitat
WHEN: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
WHERE: Amur tiger habitat located in the Asia Quest region of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
WHY: Four female Amur tiger cubs were born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on March 22 and 23, 2013. The Zoo’s animal care team closely monitored the cubs while mother, Mara, cared for them.
Mara and the cubs have been spending their time in a secluded den until the cubs were old enough for her to take them outside. While they will often have access to the yard, at this time it will be up to Mara whether or not she chooses to bring them outside where they can be seen by Zoo guests.
These cubs are the second litter for six-year-old female, Mara, and ten-year-old male, Foli. Their previous litter was born in June 2012. Mara and Foli’s two litters are the only two litters of Amur tigers ever born at the Columbus Zoo.
These pairings of Mara and Foli were recommended by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan (SSP) for tigers. The AZA, of which the Columbus Zoo is an accredited member, strives to maintain a sustainable population of tigers in North America.
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