Today marks the final day of a three-day celebration of all things tiger at Busch Gardens in Tampa, as part of International Tiger Day.
With only 3,200 wild tigers in the world, International Tiger Day, also known as Global Tiger Day, is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation. Busch Gardens celebrated with face painting, tiger keeper talks and feedings. Also, a portion of the proceeds from the tiger and cubs plush toys sold in the Tiger Lodge gift shop were donated to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
Additionally, three of Busch Gardens' newest additions, endangered Malayan tiger cubs, made appearances on the Jungala habitat all three days of the celebration.
In May, Busch Gardens announced the birth of the three Malayan tiger cubs to mother Bzui and father Mata. The three cubs, named Cinta, meaning "love", Bundar, meaning "round", and Rukayah, meaning "delicate", will be on the Jungala habitat throughout the celebration.
The Malayan tiger births are part of park's partnership in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered, species populations within AZA-accredited facilities. There are currently just over 50 Malayan tigers in the Species Survival Plan.
To learn more about tigers and the fight to save them, follow this link: www.globaltigerinitiative.org
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