Zoo Miami to host ‘birthday party’ for their first Sumatran tiger cub

MIAMI (WSVN) - Zoo Miami’s first and only Sumatran tiger cub born at the zoo, Satu, will be celebrating his first birthday on Thursday.

According to Zoo Miami, Satu will be celebrating his first birthday with special treats at his exhibit. Zookeepers will provide him with some unique enrichment items to explore and play with when he is released into his exhibit at 10:30 a.m.

Basically, Satu’s birthday should be Insta-worthy.

Satu was born last November at the zoo to mother Leeloo and father Berani, both first-time tiger parents.

Baby Satu. Photo: Zoo Miami.
Baby Satu. Photo: Zoo Miami.

Due to their inexperience in parenting, combined with Satu being the only cub in the liter, zoo staff supplemented his feedings in order to make sure he survived his initial months of life.

Satu is now regularly on exhibit with his mother and has grown to well over 100 pounds! Although he is already a hefty guy, Sumatran tigers are the smallest subspecies of tiger, with males reaching up to 300 pounds and females reaching close to 200 pounds.

1-year-old Satu.
1-year-old Satu. Photo: Zoo Miami

According to Zoo Miami, there are believed to be less than 500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Their biggest threats are habitat loss to palm oil plantations and poaching.

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