Meet the Sumatran Tigers


Kate Waggoner

A tiger suns itself at the Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon.

Sarah Tiffany, Staff Writer

At Wildlife Safari, there are a total of five Sumatran tigers. Two of them, Riya and Kemala, have been there for about seven years. Then there is a one-year-old and two six-month-old cubs. All three of the cubs were born at the Safari. The Safari isn’t planning on getting any more tigers within the next few years.

Sumatran tigers are usually found on the Island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Their average lifespan in the wild is in the early teens, but in human care it’s about twenty years.

There aren’t really any differences between females and males, but the males are bigger than the females. They are characterized by their heavy black stripes and have the highest number of stripes of all tigers. A fun fact about tigers is that they white spots on the back of their ears. They are called fake eyes. They are also the smallest sub-species of tiger and can run up to 30 to 40 miles per hour.

Tigers are carnivores. In the wild, they would hunt for their food. At the Safari, they eat big steaks. At the Safari, they participate in some husbandry training and enrichment activities.
Their conservation status is endangered. They used to be found across several areas of Indonesia, but now can only be found on the Island of Sumatra. Their main predators are humans and other, bigger tigers. Because of hunting and deforestation, Sumatran tigers are endangered and there are fewer than 400 in the wild today.

If you want to visit these beautiful animals go to Wildlife Safari today! You will find them in the Big Cat Loop in the drive thru. They also participate in a 2:30 Big Cat Painting Experience and a Feed at Night Experience where visitors can get a more up-close look at them. To sign up for one of these experiences, contact Guest Services