Sumatran Tiger cubs born at Wildlife Safari

The two healthy cubs were born July 11 and were named Phoebe and Luhahn.

Posted: Jul 20, 2021 3:11 PM

WINSTON, Ore. -- Wildlife Safari has welcomed two critically endangered Sumatran tiger cubs.

Riya, who is 9 years old, became a first-time mother to the cubs -- one boy and one girl -- who were named Phoebe and Luhahn.

Wildlife Safari says Riya cleaned the cubs off immediately and has been nursing since.

This is also big news for tiger conservation. The safari hasn't had tiger cubs born there since the early 80s and these are only the second litter of cubs born into the Sumatran Tiger Species Survival Program since 2018. There's been a lack of tiger cubs born due to shut downs and restrictions at zoological facilities.

There are only an estimated 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild.

The cubs will spend time with Riya off display for some time before being visible to the public.

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