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Delilah’s three Sumatran Tiger cubs are now out!

The big stripy moment is here!

Set to leave a pawprint on your heart, Delilah and Kembali’s furry trio of cubs Susu, Marni and Ketambe made their official public debut, Friday 7 April! 

Please remember, the cubs are still only little. This is a big adjustment for them so they may often get tired and go off for a snooze in the bamboo. If you are unable to see the cubs when you first visit Immersion, please try and visit their habitat again later in the day.

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See the cubs in our brand new experience

Get your paws on tickets to Tiger and Friends to see Susu, Ketambe and Marni. You will not only get within a whisker of these ferocious felines, but also make an impact for their critically endangered wild cousins.

Tour the Immersion rainforest before the zoo opens and watch Delilah’s snuggly trio pounce and play as they wake up for the day, getting close enough to hear their little chuffs and growls!

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The story so far

December 2022: Three healthy cubs for first time mum

It gives us great joy to share with you that three tiny and stripy tiger cubs were born to Sumatran Tiger Delilah on Wednesday 21 December!

Both mum and cubs are healthy, and first-time mum Delilah is already nursing and caring for her trio!

Critically endangered in the wild, the arrival of these cubs is a real moment in conservation. With only 400 left on the Indonesian island of Sumatra the threesome will shine a light on their plight.

January 2023 update: Cubs gender revealed!

We’re chuffed – it’s two girls and a boy! 

Doting Sumatran Tiger dad, Kembali, ripped open some meat-filled enrichment to share the genders of his three cubs! The cubs were sexed during their first health in January with Adelaide Zoo’s dedicated keepers and veterinary team.

During the check-up, the veterinary team also gave the cubs’ eyes and teeth a once over, checked their heart and lungs and recorded their weight.

The little trio are getting more and more confident each day and we look forward to seeing them on exhibit when they are around three months old.

February 2023 update: growing up fast!

Delilah’s trio of Sumatran Tiger cubs are growing fast and feisty (if that’s what you call rolling around on your tummy and nibbling mum’s tail!)

The cubs will be 2 months old next week, and they already weigh between 5 and 6kg. When they’re not playing they’re either sleeping or eating meat; turkey mince seems to be their favourite. They’re also still suckling from mum.

Delilah is such a doting mum, and has been very patient with them despite them using her as a kind of play equipment. Their little teeth and claws are getting pretty sharp now but she puts up with their biting and climbing.

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Delilah photographed by Adrian Mann

Why are Sumatran Tigers critically endangered?

Sumatran Tigers are critically endangered with an estimated 400 tigers thought to survive in the wild.

Unfortunately, like many species, Sumatran Tigers are victims of deforestation and poaching for medicines.

The tigers’ forest home in Sumatra is being decimated by the building of unsustainable oil producing plants. With more and more land being cleared, the tigers face reduced hunting grounds, more interaction with other tigers and more incidences of poaching.

Find out more about sustainable palm oil and why alternative oils can create more damage

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What are we doing to save Sumatran Tigers in Sumatra?

We work closely with organisations on the ground in Sumatra.

In fact your visits, purchases and participation in experiences are just some of the ways that we fund these conservation partners. 

As a popular destination for animal lovers, we also educate and spread the word about helping our stripy friends. In particular, we (along with all major conservation organisations) advocate for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). 

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Help us safeguard a future for big cats

The Sumatran Tiger is the last surviving subspecies of tiger in Indonesia with only 400 wild tigers remaining due to habitat destruction and poaching for the illegal wildlife trade.

3 ways you can be an ally for conservation

Adopt a Tiger

Support Delilah, Susu, Marni, Ketambe, and Kembali with an adoption! Not only will your adoption support this special species at Adelaide Zoo, you’ll also be helping tigers in the wild.

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Visit Adelaide Zoo

Visit Delilah, Susu, Marni, Ketambe and Kembali at their home in Immersion!

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Unlimited tiger visits

Celebrate Delilah’s cubs with a year of tiger visits! Zoos SA members get:

  • 365 days of adventure at Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park
  • Discount at the cafes, Zoo and Safari Shops
  • First access to events

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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction. Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging. We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

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