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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 13, 2012
HONOLULU-BORN RARE SUMATRAN TIGER TO MEET POTENTIAL MATE
(Mon., Feb. 13, 2012)—Malosi, a rare Sumatran tiger, will soon be transferred from the Honolulu Zoo to a new home at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington, where he will be introduced to a female as part of a breeding program meant to ensure species survival.
“The Honolulu Zoo is proud of the important role it continues to play in the collection of scientific data and successful breeding of Sumatran tigers to enhance conservation efforts and help save this amazing animal,” said Honolulu Zoo Director Manuel Mollinedo.
To ease his transition and reduce potential stress, Malosi will be escorted to
Malosi was born at the Honolulu Zoo in September 2008, along with male cubs Keahi and Tondi. Keahi transitioned well last year to his new home at the Sendai Yagiyama Zoo in
Sumatran tigers are critically endangered. In the wild, they are found only in the forests of the
Scientists estimate that more than 100,000 tigers roamed the forests of central and southern
Even without any further losses, the present tiger populations are so small that they are vulnerable to poaching, environmental catastrophes, and genetic problems typical of small populations.
Media contact: Honolulu Zoo Director Manuel Mollinedo, 768-7162.