New Malayan tiger comes to Palm Beach Zoo
The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society has a new family member. It is a 4-year-old, 220-pound male Malayan tiger named Angin. Coming from Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, the tiger is currently staying in a required 30-day quarantine at the Palm Beach Zoo’s Melvin J. & Claire Levine Animal Care Complex (ACC).
The transition from Tampa to West Palm Beach is part of a recommended move by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) for Malayan tigers. After the Zoo houses Angin for a minimum of the required 30 days in the ACC, he will move to the Henry & Charlotte Kimelman Tiger Falls habitat. Due to the tiger habitat still undergoing construction to double in size, officials have not yet set a date for Angin’s debut to the public.
Once Angin moves out of the ACC, another male Malayan tiger, Bumi, will also move from the Lowry Park Zoo to the Palm Beach Zoo. Bumi will then complete the required quarantine and eventually join Angin and two other Malayan tigers, male Keemasan Mata and female Berapi Api, in the Tiger Falls habitat.
The Zoo, a recognized leader in SSP breeding programs for Malayan tigers, had three male Malayan tiger cubs, Jaya, Bunga and Penari, born at the Zoo in 2011. Fewer than 250 Malayan tigers have been estimated to be left in the wild.
“We have a long history of showcasing tigers as one of our primary exhibits,” the Zoo’s associate curator Nancy Nill said. “With the construction of the new habitat and holding building, we are able to participate more in the conservation of the highly-endangered Malayan tiger.”
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