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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.


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