Image: © ZSL London Zoo

Sumatran Tigers Cub Getting in to the Swing at ZSL London Zoo


The Animal Facts Editorial Team


July 28, 2023 7:15 pm


London, England, The United Kingdom

Sumatran tiger siblings Zac and Crispin from ZLS London Zoo have enjoyed playing on a new swing installed by their keepers. The new enrichment activity allows the stripy siblings to practice their balancing and jumping skills.

The new activity was specially prepared with durable materials so it can survive against the sharp claws and teeth of the cubs.

“Zac and Crispin both have really playful personalities, so they pounced at the opportunity to play on the swing,” explained tiger keeper Tara Humphrey. “Tigers can leap forward an impressive 10 metres from a sitting position, so the added challenge of a moving target in the form of the swing tested that spatial awareness cats are so well known for. 

“We’re always thinking of new ways to encourage the tigers to use all their natural skills, so we also left a scattering of toys and a stimulating scent trail of their favourite nutmeg and cinnamon to lead them across Tiger Territory towards their new swing-set.” 

Joining the cubs in trying out the swing were parents Gaysha and Asim. “Like most siblings, Zac and Crispin sometimes struggle to share their toys, but they soon realised there was plenty of room on the swing for the whole family,” Tara added. “Sumatran tigers can sleep up to 20 hours a day, so once the excitement of the new toy had worn off a little, the swing made the perfect lazy hammock for mum Gaysha to lie back and relax in.” 

Zac and Crispin were born as part of the breeding programme for their critically endangered species. Just 400 to 600 individuals remain in the wild's of Indonesia. Illegal hunting and habitat destruction have contributed to the decline of the species.

“This Saturday is International Tiger Day, and people can show their support for the species - and ZSL’s work protecting them - by visiting London Zoo, where every ticket contributes to our vital work for wildlife,” Tara added.

Sumatran Tiger Cubs Swing at ZSL London Zoo

Image: © ZSL London Zoo

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