SEE IT: Memphis Zoo Welcomes Rare Newborn Tigers

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The Memphis Zoo announced on their social media that two endangered Sumatran tigers were born at the zoo on May 5.

According to the announcement, this is the first tiger birth at the zoo grounds since 1998. The Sumatran tiger is considered “critically endangered” and resides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

The mother tiger Dari is 8 years old, and the father is almost 6 years old.

“We are thrilled to announce the birth of these two Sumatran tiger cubs – a critically endangered species.” Courtney Janney, Chief Zoological Officer, said in the zoo’s social media post. “The symbol of the tiger is synonymous with pride and community here in Memphis, and I have no doubt the city will join us in the celebration of these significant births.”

The Memphis Zoo had been teasing the announcement all week long and finally revealed it Friday.


The newborns, who do not have public names yet, posed for the camera:

Tigers hold a special place in the heart of Memphians, considering it’s the mascot of the University of Memphis.

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