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Help Save the Sumatran Tiger

by The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem
Help Save the Sumatran Tiger
Help Save the Sumatran Tiger
Help Save the Sumatran Tiger
Help Save the Sumatran Tiger
Help Save the Sumatran Tiger
Help Save the Sumatran Tiger
Help Save the Sumatran Tiger
Help Save the Sumatran Tiger
Help Save the Sumatran Tiger
Help Save the Sumatran Tiger
Help Save the Sumatran Tiger
Help Save the Sumatran Tiger
Help Save the Sumatran Tiger
Help Save the Sumatran Tiger
Photo: Tamari
Photo: Tamari

Shalom Tiger lovers, 

As we reported last time, Hannah the tigeress was pregnant agiain.

She gave birth during Passover to a single cub, who again did not survive.

Hannah and her partner, Avigdor, are expecting again and we are hoping to see a birth at the beginning of September.

As we explained in our last report, it has been decided that if she gives birth to more than one cub - tigers usually have 2-4 offspring in each birth - this time they will be taken away from the parents and hand-reared by the dedicated keepers at the Zoo.

This is because of the critically endangered status of the Sumatran tigers - we cannot afford to lose any more offspring.

So let's keep our fingers crossed this time and hope that we will be able to share with you some cute baby tiger cub pictures in our next report.

Have a safe Summer!

Rachael and the Tiger Team

Dear Sumatran tiger supporters,

Since we last reported to you, we have waited with baited breath to see whether Hannah, our tigress, was pregnant – and the good news is that she is! We are expecting a tiger birth next month…so, everyone please send positive thoughts our way!

During the pregnancy, we have that she received the best nutrition and enrichment; weighed her once a week and took photographs with a special thermo-camera to monitor her health.

As you know, only 1 of Hannah’s cubs has survived over the years, despite the fact that she has had several. Accordingly, a decision has been taken in consultation with the European Endangered Species Program coordinator to hand rear any cubs that survive for more than 24 hours. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and so we cannot afford to lose any more offspring.

Look out for our next report, hopefully it will contain the news we so wish for.

With warm regards,

Team Tiger at the Jerusalem Zoo

Thermo imaging of Hannah our female tigress
Thermo imaging of Hannah our female tigress

Dear Sumatran tiger supporters,

Since we last reported to you, we have continued to monitor Hannah’s pregnancy. According to our calculations, she should be due towards the end of February/beginning of March 2019.

In the meantime, we are ensuring that she receives the best nutrition and enrichment; and are weighing her once a week as well as taking photographs with a special thermo-camera to monitor her health.

Thermo imaging is a noninvasive diagnostic technique that allows the examiner to visualize and quantify changes in skin surface temperature. An infrared scanning device is used to convert infrared radiation emitted from the skin surface into electrical impulses that are visualized in color on a monitor. This visual image graphically maps the body temperature and is referred to as a thermogram. The spectrum of colors indicate an increase or decrease in the amount of infrared radiation being emitted from the body surface. Since there is a high degree of thermal symmetry in the normal body, subtle abnormal temperature asymmetry's can be easily identified.

This method’s major clinical value is in its high sensitivity to pathology in the vascular, muscular, neural and skeletal systems and as such can contribute to the pathogenesis and diagnosis made by the clinician. For example:

-       To define the extent of a lesion of which a diagnosis has previously been made;

-       To localize an abnormal area not previously identified, so further diagnostic tests can be performed;

-       To detect early lesions before they are clinically evident;

-       To monitor the healing process.

We hope that we will have more good news to report next time - we’ll keep you posted!

With warm regards,

Team Tiger at the Jerusalem Zoo

Thermo imaging of hindquarters
Thermo imaging of hindquarters
Thermal imaging of underbelly
Thermal imaging of underbelly
Thermal imaging of tiger with keeper
Thermal imaging of tiger with keeper
A tiger cub previously born at the Jerusalem Zoo
A tiger cub previously born at the Jerusalem Zoo

Dear Sumatran tiger supporters,

Exciting news – since we last reported to you, we can confirm that Hannah is once again pregnant.

As we explained before, this time the cubs will be separated from her shortly after birth after which we will hand rear (bottle feed) them at the Zoo.

Usually, zoos are reluctant to remove cubs from the mother prior to weaning, as it is always better for the animals if the mother can rear the cubs herself. Hand-reared cubs often fail to adapt successfully to living with other tigers. In this case, we have a dilemma – on the one hand, for this species to survive, continued breeding attempts are critical; on the other, it has happened several times already that Hannah’s healthy litters have not survived as a result of her failure to rear them. Accordingly, a zoological decision has been made – upon the recommendation of the European Endangered Species Program - to immediately remove any further offspring born to Hannah in the future.

We hope that we will have more good news to report next time - we’ll keep you posted!

With warm regards,

Team Tiger at the Jerusalem Zoo

 

Sumatran Tigers - a critically endangered species
Sumatran Tigers - a critically endangered species

Dear Sumatran tiger supporters,

In our last report, we told you that we were pretty sure Hannah was pregnant but were awaiting confirmation. In the end she was pregnant. She gave birth to one cub which, sadly, survived less than 24 hours.

Usually, zoos are reluctant to remove cubs from the mother prior to weaning, as it is always better for the animals if the mother can rear the cubs herself. Hand-reared cubs often fail to adapt successfully to living with other tigers. In this case, we have a dilemma – on the one hand, for this species to survive, continued breeding attempts are critical; on the other, it has happened several times already that Hannah’s healthy litters have not survived as a result of her failure to rear them. Accordingly, a zoological decision has been made to immediately remove any further offspring born to Hannah in the future.

We hope that we will be able to report another pregnancy to you in the next few months.

We’ll keep you posted!

With warm regards,

Team Tiger at the Jerusalem Zoo

 

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The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem

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