Wildlife Safari is proud to announce the unveiling of our new Tiger Oasis expansion! This project allowed the remodeling of our tiger huts, current tiger enclosures, and the addition of a new enclosure. The Tiger Oasis will allow Wildlife Safari to become a Sumatran tiger breeding facility through AZA and the SSP (Species Survival Plan).
Why will this new breeding program be important?
Sumatran tigers are critically endangered with less than 400 in the wild. Their main threats are deforestation, mainly from palm oil plantations, and poaching. The oil palm industry grows at about 9% per year with 80% of all palm oil coming out of Indonesia and Malaysia (where the Island of Sumatra resides). Sadly, only about 10-15% of this palm oil is sustainable; meaning that it does not affect the tiger’s survival.
Our new breeding program will allow the captive population of Sumatran tigers to become genetically diverse and prevent inbreeding from occurring. This new expansion will also aid in us keepers providing better health check-ups and educate the public on the plights that these animals face every day.