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ZOO NEWS

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo tiger twins turn 2

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Aug. 15, 2013

Indah and Bugara, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo's Sumatran tiger siblings, turn 2 years old this week!

"These tigers are very popular," Indonesian Rain Forest Area Manager Tanisha Dunbar says of the two cats, who arrived this winter from the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas.

Though they are twins, the tigers have different birthdays. Indah, the female, was born on Aug. 15, and Bugara, the male, was born several hours later on Aug. 16. The zoo planned a small celebration at 1 p.m. Friday.

"Because they were hand-raised, both are very people-oriented, but Indah is especially interested in people," said Dunbar. "If you visit first thing in the morning, she'll follow kids from window to window."

Bugara is the larger of the two cats, weighing 254 pounds. Indah weighs 204 pounds.

Aside from the size difference, it’s easy to tell the two cats apart because the tip of Bugara’s left ear is missing. On Indah, look for the three black stripes above each eye that look like oversized “eyelashes.”

Because their mother did not properly care for them, Indah and Bugara were hand-reared by Cameron Park Zoo staff, which is partly why they are so interested in people. Hand-reared cats are typically not good candidates for breeding, so Bugara has been neutered. This allows us to exhibit the cats together even after they reach breeding age.

Sumatran tigers are critically endangered on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, which is their only wild home. Their native forests are being destroyed to build unsustainable palm oil plantations.

You can help! Because palm oil is in thousands of everyday products, it’s hard to avoid, but you can support companies that buy only sustainably-grown palm oil. Download a free app at http://www.cmzoo.org/conservation/palmOilCrisis/ to help you make eco-friendly shopping choices that help tigers, orangutans and other rain forest animals.

Learn more about Sumatran tigers at http://kidszoo.org/our-animals/indonesian-rain-forest/sumatran-tiger/.

Tee it up for the Zoo

Join us on the links in support of your Fort Wayne Children's Zoo at the 12th annual Drive You Wild Golf Outing on Sept. 18. You'll enjoy lunch, golf, a delicious dinner and some very "wild" activities on each hole!

Drive You Wild Golf Outing

Wednesday, Sept. 18

12:30 p.m.

Autumn Ridge Golf Course

Because the zoo receives no tax support, events like Drive You Wild help raise important funds for zoo operations. Register online now at http://kidszoo.org/programs-and-events/drive-you-wild/ or contact Leslie at leslie@kidszoo.org or at 427-6844.

Fall programs for families

Enjoy some family fun at the zoo this fall!

*Family Wild Nights: Spend the night at the zoo on this one-of-a kind family adventure.

*Fall Zoo School: Get up close with horses, prepare lunch for the animals and more!

Register online now at https://ssl.4agoodcause.com/ft-wayne-childrens-zoo/class1.aspx?id=1. Classes begin in September.

Contact us at education@kidszoo.org or at 427-6808 with questions.

Work at the Zoo

The zoo is currently hiring for temporary seasonal positions in Guest Service, as well as part-time positions in Maintenance and in Communications.

Get details on our website at http://kidszoo.org/about-the-zoo/employment-opportunities/ and apply by Aug. 30.

Cheryl Piropato is education and communications director for the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.