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New Malayan tiger in Little Rock Zoo



Little Rock, Arkansas — On Tuesday, The Little Rock Zoo announced the arrival of a male Malayan tiger.

According to zoo officials, a 10-year-old Jaya came from the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens as a mate for the female Malayan tiger, Asmara.

Jaya will have to take some time to get to know his keepers and his new indoor holding before going out on exhibit and eventually meeting Asmara.

Jaya and Asmara will begin to “meet” each other only visually at first, according to officials.

Keepers will be monitoring all interactions between them carefully to help determine when the time is right for them to meet and share space, during the meeting process.

The Tiger species survival program did recommend that Jaya and Asmara breed. The zoo said they hope to have breeding possibly as early as summer 2022 and if successful, both tigers will be first-time parents.

According to officials, many species of tigers were once found all across Asia, but now there may be fewer than 4,000 left in the wild.

Now there are less than 200 Malayan tigers left in the wild, the zoo said.