Last month I brought you the exciting news that Sohni the Sumatran Tiger at Animal Kingdom gave birth to two adorable tiger cubs. Disney has announced that Sohni is the proud Momma of both a boy cub and a girl cub. How perfect right? They both weigh in around 12 pounds and are growing fast.
The last time we checked in on them they were brand new to the world. Now their eyes are open and are beginning to learn how to walk on their own. Awww! Disney’s team of animal care experts continuously monitor their progress. They have reported that Sohni and babies are bonding well and mom feeds and grooms them throughout the day.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums oversaw the Species Survival Plan that the tigers were bred through. They ensure responsible breeding and diverse populations of threatened and endangered species. Did you know that there are fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers in the wild today? Habitat loss, poaching, and illegal wildlife trade all significantly threaten their existence.
Animal Kingdom visitors can help support Disney’s efforts to reverse the decline of tigers and other animals by taking part in Connect to Protect. This mobile adventure allows guests to participate in conservation “missions” with a digital scientist while exploring Pandora – The World of Avatar and helping protect the habitats of at-risk animals here on Earth. Every mission completed goes towards unlocking large contributions from Disney Parks. So far the first of ten $100,000 contributions from Disney Parks has been unlocked. This first donation is helping protect habitats for elephants in Kenya, but guests can still choose to support gorillas, migratory birds, butterflies and other species.
The tiger cubs will remain backstage for the next few months before guests will be able to see them on Maharajah Jungle Trek but stay tuned to Chip and Co for the latest updates.
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