After receiving a huge-send-off from the Cameron Park Zoo, Sumatran tigers Indah and Bugara arrived safely in Fort Wayne last week after an all-night ride from their birthplace in Waco, Texas.
The Cameron Park Zoo Staff sent a hand-made banner with the tigers, signed by the tigers’ many fans during a going-away party held for the cats the week before their departure. Because they were rejected by their mother as cubs and hand-raised by zoo staff, Indah and Bugara were very dear to the staff. “We will miss them greatly,” said Cameron Park Zoo Marketing and Public Relations Manager Duane McGregor.
The Fort Wayne staff is already impressed with the cats’ personalities. “They are really nice cats,” said Animal Curator Mark Weldon. “I think they’re going to do really well in our exhibit.”
Indah and Bugara replace Teddy and Kemala, the zoo’s former tigers, who recently went to the San Diego Zoo and the Toronto Zoo, respectively, for breeding purposes. The moves of all four tigers were recommended by the Species Survival Plan, which coordinates breeding of endangered species in zoos.
Because they are brother and sister, Indah and Bugara will not breed, but they are a perfect fit for Tiger Forest because they get along so well and can be exhibited together. Plan to meet Indah and Bugara on your first visit of the season, which begins April 20.