Fota Wildlife Park has announced the birth of an endangered male Sumatran tiger cub born on June 25 to second-time parents’ eight-year-old mother Dourga and father, Denar, who is seven years of age.
Sumatran tigers are the rarest subspecies of tiger in the world and have been classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
This six-week-old cub is only the second Sumatran tiger cub to be born at Fota and is brother to two-year-old sister Dharma, who was recently transferred to Edinburgh Zoo.
As well as welcoming the new tiger cub, Fota Wildlife Park is gearing up to welcome their ten-millionth visitor who will win a prize of a holiday for two to South Africa which includes a safari.
Fota Wildlife Park is calling on the public to come and visit the new arrival and be in with a chance to win the trip of a lifetime as well as some great runner up prizes.
Sumatran tigers first arrived at Fota Wildlife Park in 2014 as part of the European Endangered Species programme (EEP). Mother Dourga originally came from Le Parc des Félins in France and father Denar from Warsaw City Zoo in Poland and their first cub, Dharma, now lives at Edinburgh Zoo where it is hoped that she will become an integral part of their breeding programme.
The other Sumatran tigers at Fota include; Batak, a five-year-old male that came in 2015 from Zoo Parc de Beauval in France and Mayang, a seven-year-old female who was born at Doué La Fontaine Zoo in France.
Sean McKeown, Director of Fota Wildlife Park said: "The countdown is now on to find our ten-millionth visitor, Fota has been open as a conservation charity and wildlife park attraction since 1983 - since then the yearly attendance has risen to over 465,000 annually."
"The excitement is building as we prepare to honour the 10th million visitor - who we expect to walk through the gates in the next seven or eight days, all depending on the levels of visitor numbers really. That lucky person will win a holiday for two in South Africa including a Safari trip so it will be well worth a visit for anyone considering a great day out this August."
"We also have great runner up gifts from some of our local accommodation providers such as Fota Island Resort, the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Little Island and the Midleton Park Hotel, plus we have 10 annual family passes to give away.”