On the 7th of March our two-year old male Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) was transferred from Flamingo Land Resort, North Yorkshire, to ‘Zoo de la Boissière du Doré’ close to Nantes in Western France. This move takes place as part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) and follows the successful birth of three tiger cubs at Flamingo Land in March 2014. The birth, a first for the zoo, represented a significant increase in the global population of this Critically Endangered subspecies of tiger. No more than 500 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild due to pressure from hunting and habitat loss. Kuasa’s two sisters, Mentari and Bulan, should also be leaving later in the year.
Zoo Manager Ross Snipp said ‘Watching Kuasa grow from a tiny cub has been an amazing experience for everyone at Flamingo Land Resort. Though we will miss him, knowing that he and his sisters will play a part in the conservation of Sumatran tigers is incredibly rewarding and helps to reinforce the vital role of zoos’.