The Orlando theme park has welcomed Anala and Jeda, two endangered Sumatran cubs, the first born at the park.
The brother and sister pair were actually born last August, but didn’t make their debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom until December. Now the nearly five-month-old cubs can be spotted in their habitat on Maharajah Jungle Trek.
As reported on the Disney Parks Blog: “Our dedicated and highly trained team of animal care experts and veterinarians spent three years preparing for the birth of these Sumatran tigers and have worked tirelessly to provide them with the best possible care so they can grow and thrive… Part of this work included creating a special new backstage play area where the tiger cubs can learn to swim and climb before venturing into their habitat at Maharajah Jungle Trek.”
Disney plays an important role in the worldwide conservation and understanding of Sumatran tigers. Disney helps in the Species Survival Plan, a breeding program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which helps ensure a diverse, healthy population of threatened and endangered species.
The park spent three years preparing for the birth of these Sumatran tigers. That included creating a special backstage play area where the tigers learned to swim and climb before heading into the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
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