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February 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Male tiger to be brought to Tacoma zoo for breeding

Sumatran tiger cubs Bima, left, and Mali, at Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. (Photo from Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.)

A male Sumatran tiger is expected to arrive at the Point Defiance Zoo Wednesday to be matched with a female with the hope of producing a few tiger cubs.

The male, Malosi, is coming from the Honolulu Zoo to breed with Jaya, the zoo’s female tiger. Jaya is already the mother of the two tiger cubs born in 2010. Malosi, who is three-years-old, has not yet fathered a litter of cubs.

“We’re very excited about Malosi’s arrival and the pair’s potential to produce cubs,” general curator Karen Goodrowe Beck said in a prepared statement. “The Sumatran tiger is critically endangered and we are working hard to protect and boost the population of this extraordinary species.”

According to the zoo, there are about 200 Sumatran tigers in zoos around the world. Seventy of them are in the U.S. and Defiance Zoo has three of those: Jaya, her year-and-half old cub Bima and his father Bali.

These tigers are native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra. There are believed to be fewer than 300 of them in the wild. Poaching and habitat loss have caused the wild tiger population to dwindle.

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