While Dreamworld and WhiteWater world may have temporarily ceased operations, there’s no shortage of first birthday fun for Dreamworld’s three tiger cubs.
Zakari and Javi were born on the 26th of April, 2019 to parents, Adira and Pi, and Khan was born only a month later on the 26th of May, 2019 to parents, Raja and Nika.
The Tiger Island team used the celebratory occasion to create an enrichment opportunity for the cubs, letting them loose for some paw-some play with birthday gift boxes on Tiger Island.
“Without guests currently in park, it’s important that we continue to offer enriching activities and interactions for our cubs. Our Tiger Island team have enjoyed watching the boys grow up, and this was a nice opportunity for them to celebrate the cubs’ first birthday”, Patrick Martin-Vegue, Tiger Island Manager said.
Weighing just over a kilogram each at birth, the cubs very quickly graduated from the nursery to Cub Kindy and then onto Tiger Island, Zakari and Javi now weighing over 90 kilograms and Khan weighing over 80 kilograms. They still have some growing to do, with tigers typically reaching their full size at age around 2 – 2.5 years old.
Over the past year, over 2,500 people have contributed to global conservation initiatives for tigers in the wild by taking part in Tiger Cub Experiences and Tiger Cub Walks, during which Tiger Island team members educate guests on the importance of the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation and the work and initiatives undertaken.
“Zakari, Javi and Khan are very popular with guests and have a truly dedicated following which has helped us get the message across about our conservation efforts and what is needed to ensure a future for wild tigers.”, Patrick Martin-Vegue, Tiger Island Manager said.
The Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF) has committed over $2.5 million towards carefully selected tiger conservation projects, since being founded in 2012, thanks to fundraising initiatives like the animal experiences on offer at Dreamworld and the generous contributions by our guests.
Dreamworld, through DWF, is the largest zoological contributor to tiger conservation worldwide, with monies helping fund anti-poaching teams, removing snares laid to trap tigers, train enforcement officers to combat illegal wildlife trade and support community conservation programs in Russia, Sumatra and Nepal.