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New Sumatran tiger at Phoenix Zoo - A new Sumatran tiger is now on display at the Phoeniz Zoo. azfamily.com's Javier Soto tells us all about her.
Hadiah, a 2 1/2-year-old Sumatran tiger made her public debut at the Phoenix Zoo on Friday, April 10.
Her name means gift in the Indonesian and Malay language.
Hadiah arrived at the Phoenix Zoo from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
Fast Facts on Sumatran Tigers
- They are the smallest of the sub-species of tigers
- Sumatran male tigers average 8 feet in length (2.4 meters) from head to tail and weigh about 265 pounds (120 kilograms). Females average 7 feet in length (2.2 meters) and weigh about 200 pounds (90 kilograms).
- The Sumatran tiger is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra in habitat that ranges from lowland forest to sub mountain and mountain forest including some peat moss forests.
- There are extremely endangered, about 400 left in the world, 50 or less in U.S. zoological parks.
- The main reasons for their decline is deforestation and poaching
- The tiger is one of only two cats that enjoys being in water (the other is South America's jaguar). The Sumatran tiger may often be found in a pool or stream, or standing in water to keep cool.
Hadiah as a cub