• Schools Education
  • Students Research
  • Zoo or Aquarium
  • BIAZA Membership
  • Corporate Membership
Dec 1, 2008

Breeding programme for Sumatran tiger

Breeding programme for Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) from Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington’s breeding programme for the critically endangered Sumatran tiger

With any critically endangered species, a conservation breeding programme is imperative for their survival.

Through the advice and recommendations of the European Stud Book, Chessington Zoo’s programme started in 2004, after a number of years of holding non-breeding Sumatran Tigers at the Zoo.

With the separate, but planned, arrival of a female and male Sumatran Tiger, there were high hopes for the young pair to become first time parents. The pairing was also an important step for the sub-species with the male Batu’s DNA being extremely rare with a breeding coefficient of 11th in the world, and the female Ratna at 45.

Over the next four years, the pair would had three litters, two of which have survived, producing five cubs.

Developed by:  Chessington World of Adventures

Text size A A A

T +44 (0) 20 7449 6599
E admin@biaza.org.uk

Paignton Zoo's Great Big Rhino Project has made crucial donations of cash to wildlife conservation on two continents. The Project is to give £60,000 to support work in Africa and South East Asia to protect rhinos in the wild. More

Collaborative research by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Bristol Zoological Society and the Comorian NGO Dahari has revealed the Livingstone’s fruit bat is likely to be the most endangered fruit bat in the world. 


New data released by WWF and ZSL (Zoological Society of London) today reveals that overall global vertebrate populations are on course to decline by an average of 67 per cent from 1970 levels by the end of this decade, unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact on species and ecosystems.


Bookmark and Share