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Wildlife Wednesday: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates Birth of Critically Endangered Sumatran Tiger Cubs

Dr. Mark Penning

by , Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

We are absolutely delighted to share that Sohni, a Sumatran tiger in our care at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, recently gave birth to a pair of tiger cubs, the first in the park’s history.

Sohni and her cubs are bonding well, and our dedicated team of animal care experts and veterinarians are focused on providing around-the-clock care for the tigers as they continue to monitor their progress. Guests can expect to see Sohni and her cubs on the Maharajah Jungle Trek within the next several months. In the meantime, watch the video below for a sneak peek at these adorable baby animals bonding with their mom.

Disney is proud to play an important role in the worldwide conservation and understanding of Sumatran tigers, a critically endangered species. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers exist in the wild, as the species is facing significant threats like habitat loss, poaching and the illegal wildlife trade. The Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) is working with groups like the Wildlife Conservation Society on its Reverse the Decline initiative to develop strategies for saving these amazing animals. To date, DCF has provided nearly $4 million to support the conservation of wild cat species like tigers, lions and snow leopards in 25 countries around the world.

These tiger cubs were bred by our dedicated and highly trained team of animal care experts through the Species Survival Plan, which is overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and ensures responsible breeding and diverse populations of threatened and endangered species.

We look forward to sharing more updates about Sohni and the cubs soon. In the meantime, visit DisneyAnimals.com to learn more about tigers and how you can help support them in the wild. Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom also can take part in Connect to Protect, a new mobile adventure that invites guests to participate in conservation “missions” with a digital scientist while exploring Pandora and helping protect the habits of at-risk animals here on Earth, like Sumatran tigers.

Comments

  • Congratulations on beautiful cub-lets Sohni! Please make certain proud daddy Malosi gets some whipped cream and attention too! He does his job so very well!

  • So cute, definitely tug ones heartstrings.

  • Glad to see another wildlife park in Florida has had Sumatran Tiger Cubs. Lowry Zoo had a female cub last year and she is doing great. Thank you for caring to keep this breed alive and all your work to protect this breed – they are amazing animals, looking forward to seeing them online and hopefully in the park. Please keep posts coming on these two new great cubs.

  • Just another reason I love Disney!

  • Absolutely magical! Congratulations! So proud of the work you’re doing! Cannot wait to learn names and hopefully see these cubs in person soon, looking forward to future updates.

  • Such a beautiful post! I love that this park is about more than just amazing entertainment. Thank you, Disney, for your efforts to reverse the Sumatran tiger decline! Can’t wait to visit again!

  • Going to be down at the end of October/ beginning of November and Maharajah jungle trek is one of my favorite things to do in AK. I hope we get to see the babies!!

  • ADORABLE!
    Any word on whether they are male or female?

    <3WDW and baby Sumatran Tiger Cubs and their Mom.

  • Awww so precious! I love the Maharajah Jungle Trek and can’t wait to see them! They’ll be big babies by the time we get back next fall, though! <3

    Amy

  • Congratulations Sohni and everyone that is helping her and her babies. The cubs are beautiful. I hope to see them soon. Thank you, Disney for your efforts in saving these amazing animals.

  • Yay! So happy to read this! Congratulations to Sohni and everyone on the Animal Care team!!

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