Minnesota Zoo Celebrates the Birth of Rare Amur Tiger Cubs

It’s with much excitement the Zoo announces this legacy continues. On Mother’s Day, May 8, 2022, a litter of Amur tiger cubs were born at the Minnesota Zoo under the watchful eye of the Zoo’s Animal Care and Health teams.

This past spring, Sundari (or Dari), the Zoo’s adult female Amur tiger, gave birth to a litter of four tiger cubs. Sadly, one cub did not survive, which is not uncommon in litters this size. The other three cubs – two males and one female - quickly and successfully bonded with their mother. They remain in a behind-the-scenes habitat with Dari – who has shown her patient maternal instinct while caring for them.

“These cubs represent a major, positive step forward in our efforts to support the global population of Amur tigers,” said Minnesota Zoo Director John Frawley. ”Having three thriving cubs, and a mother who is successfully raising them, is a true testament to the care and dedication provided by our incredible team of zookeepers and veterinary staff.”

The three tiger cubs are an exciting addition to our Zoo community and an important birth for the conservation of the species. With only about 500 Amur tigers remaining in the wild, coordinated breeding and conservation efforts between accredited institutions is critical for the survival of the global species. To read more about tiger conservation visit the Tiger Conservation Campaign landing page.

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