National Zoo & Aquarium

Hi! I’m Ndari a Sumatran tiger

The Sumatran Tiger is found only found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It is the smallest of the four remaining sub species of tiger. Due to habitat destruction and hunting, only 300 to 400 tigers are left in Sumatra. Unfortunately, this number does not reflect the true nature of their plight. With the tiger’s habitat fragmented, those 400 tigers are not all in the same area. Many of those tigers are unable to find a breeding partner. For those able to find a mate, food is often scarce. Wherever they are, tigers face the threat of hunters. The reality is that only 40% of those 400 may be able to find a mate and successfully reproduce. These beautiful creatures may disappear from the wilds of Sumatra in a matter of years.

The National Zoo is home to two female Sumatran tigers, Ndari and Rahni, and one male Aceh. The zoo is part of a regional breeding program for Sumatran Tigers.

Sumatran Tiger

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Sumatran tiger facts

CONSERVATION STATUS Endangered
DISTRIBUTION Sumatra, Indonesia
SIZE 100–150kg
LIFE SPAN 10–15 years in the wild, up to 26 years in captivity
GESTATION 90–110 days

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