Point Defiance Sumatran tiger cub needs a name

Sep 13, 2012

The Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium's 3-week old Sumatran tiger cub is now on public display. The 8 pound feline has been moved into the cub den at the zoo's Asian Forest Sanctuary. Visitors can watch him interact with zookeepers at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily.

You can help name the cub. Zoo staffers have proposed 6 names for the little guy, and you can vote for your favorite at www.pdza.org.

The choices are:

  • Dumai (pronounced doo-my); a city in the Sumatra province of Riau
  • Moro (pronounced more-oh); a city in the Sumatra province of Riau
  • Toba (pronounced toe-baa); a city in the Sumatra province of North Sumatra
  • Rokan (pronounced row-kaan); a city in the Sumatra province of Riau
  • Tunggal (pronounced toon-gaal); Indonesian for “single”
  • Satu (pronounced saa-two); Indonesian for “one”

The cub was born August 22nd. Head veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf separated him from his mother a few days later because he wasn't getting enough milk. Wolf says the cub is thriving now and has gained 5 pounds.

The cub's mother is 9-year-old Jaya, who had a previous litter two years ago. The father is 4-year-old Malosi.

Sumatran tigers are an endangered species, with only about 300 left in the wild. 

You can see a video of the cub on YouTube.