Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team
Date: January 1, 2022 12:01 am
Photo Credit: Australia Zoo
Adelaide Zoo have welcomed a female Sumatran tiger, Delilah, in to their family. Following an overnight journey she touched down at Adelaide Airport in the early hours of the morning.
Delilah was accompanied on her journey by one of her keepers from Australia Zoo, Beth Astles.
Upon her arrival at Adelaide Zoo Delilah was taken to a specialist facility where she will undergo her quarantine period. It is hoped she can clear quarantine and go on display by the end of January.
Adelaide Zoo Senior Keeper of Carnivores, Arliah Hayward, said once Delilah has settled in to her new surroundings and bonded with her new keepers, they would start the process of introducing her to seven-year-old male Sumatran Tiger, Kembali.
“It is so exciting for us to have Delilah arrive and make a new home here at Adelaide Zoo,” she said.
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Delilah comes to the zoo in hopes she can contribute to the breeding program for her endangered species. “Hopefully, this will also mean cubs on the horizon, which is such an important part of our conservation efforts for the Sumatran Tiger as a species,” added Arliah.
“We are thrilled to see her begin her journey with our friends at Zoos SA where she will be a vital part in ensuring this species' survival into the future."
The Sumatran tiger is the most endangered species of tiger with just 300-500 remaining in the wild. Their population is suffering a rapid decline due to habitat loss and poaching for the illegal wildlife trade.
Zoos SA play an important role in the conservation of this species.
Delilah soon after her arrival at Adelaide Zoo in her quarantine area
Photo Credit: Zoos SA