Meet Hati, The Palm Beach Zoo's New Malayan Tiger

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by Caitlin Ostroff Jul 29, 2015 11:56 AM

The cat’s out of the bag.

On Tuesday, the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society introduced its new Malayan tiger, Hati. The zoo acquired the 12-year-old male from Texas' Fort Worth Zoo in the hopes that he will mate with Berapi, the zoo’s female Malayan tiger.

“Tigers are admired animals, but they are vulnerable to extinction,” associate curator Nancy Nill said in a release. “With as few as 250 Malayan tigers left in the wild, conservation initiatives are especially important.”

The public can meet Hati on July 29, International Tiger Day. Hati will be "greeting" visitors at 2 p.m. during the Terrific Tigers Keeper Talk.

The zoo’s announcement comes days after it lost a female Florida panther, Mirasol.

Palm Beach Zoo; 1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach