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Critically-endangered Sumatran Tiger, Delilah, settles in at Adelaide Zoo

Critically-endangered Sumatran Tiger Delilah has made her dazzling debut at Adelaide Zoo’s exhibit after travelling to the state from Queensland.

Image credit: Adrian Mann.

Hey there, Delilah! 

Critically-endangered Sumatran Tiger Delilah has made her dazzling debut at Adelaide Zoo’s exhibit with the public encouraged to come in and give her a roaringly warm welcome!

The five-year-old Sumatran Tiger, the rarest and smallest of all tiger species, arrived in Adelaide on 31 December after transferring from Australia Zoo in Queensland.

“Delilah is settling into the Immersion exhibit superbly well,” said Senior Keeper of Carnivores, Arliah Hayward.

“She’s super calm and already flirty with male Kembali. We have seen and heard her chuffing to him and they have locked eyes across the corridor and through the mesh.

“Delilah’s unusual as she’s one of the only few Sumatran Tigers I’ve worked with who has spots as well as stripes. Hopefully, Tiger fans big and small will come in to welcome Delilah to her new home.”

Once Delilah has settled into her new surroundings, bonded with her new keepers and they have tracked her cycle, keepers will introduce her to seven-year-old male Sumatran Tiger, Kembali. Hopes are that the two will produce tiger cubs, thereby supporting efforts to ensure the survival of the critically endangered species.

The Sumatran Tiger is the last surviving subspecies of tigers in Indonesia with only 300 to 500 wild Sumatran Tigers remaining due to habitat destruction and poaching for the illegal wildlife trade.

The destruction of the Sumatran Tiger’s habitat through cultivation into palm oil plantations has seen their range and prey greatly reduce and numbers dwindle to a critically endangered level.  

As a conservation charity, Zoos SA supports the global transition to Certified Sustainable Palm Oil and works with on-ground conservation groups including Wildlife Asia. 

In more tiger news, conservation followers will be excited to learn that the sixth day of the lunar Year of the Tiger and Delilah’s sixth birthday coincide on February 6 – what a way to celebrate your special day!

To mark the auspicious alignment, Zoos SA is working with the China Town Association to present a celebratory Tiger weekend on February 5 and 6. Held at Adelaide Zoo, the event will feature giveaways, birthday celebrations for Delilah, and more.

A real must for fans of the striped species!

Every ticket bought to visit Adelaide Zoo and sister site Monarto Safari Park supports vital conservation work.

Zoos SA is proud to be part of the conservation efforts to ensure the survival of such a beautiful species. Book your tickets t either location here.

Adelaide Zoo is a double-vaccinated venue, and patrons 16 years and older must provide proof they’ve received a TGA-approved vaccination upon entry. 

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