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Sumatran Tiger Moves in at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: November 7, 2020 12:10 am

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Lucu the Sumatran tiger settles in at Edinburgh Zoo

Photo Credit: RZSS

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has welcomed the arrival of a Sumatran tiger to Edinburgh Zoo in the hopes they will soon hear the pitter-patter of tiny tiger cub feet.

Four year old Lucu has moved to Scotland from Paignton Zoo in England where he was born in 2016. He arrived at the zoo on October 5th 2020.

It is hoped that love will blossom between Lucu and resident Sumatran tiger, Dharma.

Darren McGarry, head of living collections at RZSS, said, “We are very excited to welcome Lucu into our care and for visitors to meet him soon.

“It will take a couple of days for him to settle in and explore his new home, and we will slowly begin introductions with Dharma in the months to come.”

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Botzman the tiger was another recent arrival at the RZSS

Photo Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Lucky visitors of Edinburgh Zoo’s tiger tracks exhibit may catch a glimpse of him in his indoor area.

Darren added, “Sumatran tigers are critically endangered in the wild and any cubs Lucu and Dharma raise would be a potentially important contribution to the future of the species, which is at risk of extinction due to extensive habitat loss and poaching.”

This is the second tiger to arrive at an RZSS property in recent weeks. Edinburgh Zoo's sister site, Highland Wildlife Park welcomed an Amur tiger recently. You can read our story on his arrival from ZSL Whipsande Zoo here – Highland Wildlife Park Welcomes New Amur Tiger

Learn more about Sumatran tigers here – Sumatran Tiger Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about Edinburgh Zoo on their website – Edinburgh Zoo

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