Zoo Announces Pregnancy Of Rare Sumatran Tiger
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and that’s no joke!
**NOTE** This news release includes April Fools Day jokes. Everything is REAL and TRUE except for the NAMES of the individuals quoted. All quotes can be attributed to Zoo Director Brendan Wiley.
TOPEKA, Kan. – Jingga, the Topeka Zoo’s 3-year-old Sumatran tigress, is pregnant!
“Sumatran tigers are critically endangered,” Topeka Zoo Spokeswoman Ella Fint said. “Only about 500 are left in the wild, so this pregnancy represents a great contribution to the conservation cause for these amazing animals.”
Zoo animal care and veterinary staff have been conducting weekly ultrasound examinations for the past month. The pregnancy was confirmed two weeks ago through one such exam. “We saw two, potentially three cubs,” consulting veterinarian Dr. Grey Wolfe said. “We will continue to monitor the pregnancy with weekly exams.”
Zoo officials anticipate Jingga will give birth around the first week of May. “We are ready,” Animal Care Supervisor Anna Conda said. “We have prepared a birthing den that Jingga will have access to as the date approaches. We will continue to monitor her needs and the needs of her cubs when she delivers.”
“Once they are here, it will be about 90 days before the cubs are on public display for the first time,” Zookeeper Ima Lion said. “We are sure these cubs will be loved, adored, and welcomed to the Topeka Zoo family. Right now, our focus is on first time mother Jingga and making sure she has everything she needs.”
For updates throughout the pregnancy, community members are encouraged to follow the Topeka Zoo’s Facebook page.
The Proud Parents to be:
Rojo - Male
Date of Birth - Dec 5, 2006
Born at the San Diego Safari Park
Jingga - Female
Date of Birth - March 18, 2010
Born at the Sacramento Zoo
• Gestation period – about 103 days
• Average litter size – 2 to 4 cubs
• Cubs are born blind and completely helpless
• The mother provides all of the care for the cubs
For additional comment, or to reach Ella Fint, Dr. Grey Wolfe, Anna Conda, or Ima Lion, please contact Zoo Director Brendan Wiley at (785) 506-3797.