Zoos Victoria

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The perfect predator, Sumatran Tigers can be up to 20 times bigger than a household cat and males can weigh up to 110 kilograms. Despite this, Sumatran Tigers are the smallest remaining tiger in the world. Their smaller size helps them to move quietly through the dense rainforest and their narrow stripes provide excellent camouflage.

Trying to swim away from a Sumatran Tiger would be foolish as these guys often chase prey into water. Their paws have unique webbing between the toes making them excellent swimmers.

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  • Sadly, 3 tiger species are already extinct; the Balinese, Javan and Caspian tigers.
  • White tigers may look cool but are actually the result of a genetic deformity.
  • Sumatran Tigers live for about 15 years in the wild.
  • Young cubs learn to hunt by about the age of 6 months and are completely independent by the age of 2 years.
  • Tigers can travel 20km per day hunting and defending their territory.
  • Sumatran Tigers have webbed toes for swimming.
  • A diet of wild boar, birds, fish, tapir topped off with a little deer is the perfect menu for Sumatran Tigers.

Our demand for palm oil, an often hidden ingredient in food products, is pushing Sumatran Tigers to extinction.

Large-scale habitat loss throughout Sumatra can be blamed on forests being cleared for new palm oil plantations. This then drives tigers closer to human settlements where they are more likely to be killed for the illegal wildlife trade.

Tiger parts are still much sought after for use in traditional Chinese medicines.

It is estimated to be less than 300 Sumatran Tigers remaining in the wild.

At our Zoos...

  • Binjai - Melbourne Zoo
  • Acheh - Melbourne Zoo
  • Hutan - Melbourne Zoo
  • Indrah - Melbourne Zoo
  • Rani - Melbourne Zoo

In the Wild...

  • Sumatra - Indonesia