With less than 500 Malayan Tigers remaining in the wild, each Malayan Tiger birth is a significant one. Approximately 60 Malayan Tigers are housed at 27 North American institutions. The SSP’s target population size is 150. Alexandria Zoo worked cooperatively with the SSP coordinator to make the decision to hand-raise the cubs.
The Tiger SSP coordinators will determine how long the cubs will stay at Alexandria Zoo and what institution(s) they will be moved to. The cubs could potentially stay at Alexandria Zoo for up to two years.