Gio got a new partner who is the only one male Sumatran tiger in Hungary (2019.02.19.)
The world’s rarest predator came to our zoo from Rotterdam in 2014 in the program of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). The rare cat is the park’s pride because of his arrival we have 4 species of tigers – the Siberian, the white Bengali, the Malay and the Sumatran tiger – that we show.
The Sumatran tiger’s coordinator placed a Dutch female with a perfect genetic features next to the male in 2015, but pairing them did not bring the desired offsprings, so the program recommended a new female to the excessively valuable male due to the conservation of the species.
Zoja, the new female was born in Warsaw, but until now she was living in France and a few weeks ago is a resident of the Nyíregyháza Zoo. The tigers got to meet after the quarantine period which their caretakers were watching holding their breath because sometimes there is aggression while getting use to each other.
The tigers first meeting was smooth and they can only be seen at the Nyíregyháza Zoo, so the 11 years old Zoja now has a boyfriend who is the 8 years old male, Gio. There is a big duty on the Sumatran tigers because their subspecies is endangered by extinction.
The family of the felines well-known predators are the tigers which are the biggest and the strongest. The tiger is one of the endangered species which was pushed to the edge of extinction because of mankind. Three (Bali, Caspian and Javanese) out of the nine subspecies are completely extinct and the professionals declared the other six subspecies (Siberian, Bengali, Indian, South-Chinese, Malay and Sumatran) endangered.
The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is the smallest and the southernmost living subspecies of the tigers. The species living in the wild appear on the island of Sumatra (Indonesia) at lower mainlands and mountain forests. They are lonely hunters and their preys are mostly mid-sized herbivorous animals.
The Sumatran tigers are critically endangered species because of the destruction of their natural habitat and poaching.
In the year of 1970 the number of tigers living in the wild were about a 1000 species, in 1996 the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimated the number of the Sumatran tigers to 250, therefore the subspecies are ranked into the category of critically endangered.
Currently 400 species live in the wild while in zoos around the world approximately 300, two of them live in the Nyíregyháza Zoo.