Sumatran tigers are only found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. They are the smallest of the six remaining sub-species of tigers, and it is estimated there are only 300 - 400 left in the wild. (Tiger sub-species formerly found on the islands of Java and Bali are now extinct). They are known for having a “beard” around their faces, and a denser stripe pattern than other tigers. Zoo Miami is fortunate to have two of these beautiful animals. Berani, a male, born March 6, 2008, is a laid back tiger, but will occasionally act aggressively toward his keepers. His favorite enrichment is a plastic barrel hung in his night house. He likes to stand up and bang it around, bite and claw it. We recently had to replace it because he had caused so much damage shredding the plastic that it was no longer safe for him to use. He is also fond of branches that other animals have rubbed on. Leeloo, a female, born July 9, 2011, is much more reserved than Berani. She loves to sleep on her back with her legs in the air. She enjoys her big, hard plastic boomer balls, palms and branches. She also likes watching her reflection in a mirror!
Orangutans and gibbons will be off exhibit from Jan 17 - 20 for exhibit improvements. Wildlife Carousel will be closed for maintenance Jan 17 - 20. From Jan 17 - Mar 2017, some areas of the Children's Zoo will be under construction to improve our guests' experience. We apologize for the inconvenience.