Walt Disney World Introduces Endangered Sumatran Tiger Cubs to Maharajah Jungle Trek

If you need your daily dose of cute, then this is definitely it!  We announced previously that Anala and Jeda, the Sumatran tiger cubs, were born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  They are now around 4 months old and are making their debut to the guest facing Maharajah Jungle Trek in the Asia area of the theme park.  For the time being, they will only be visible for portions of the day so that they can acclimate and adjust to the onstage habitat area where guests can see them.

Here is a special video released by Disney with a look at the tigers adjusting to their new area:

Disney is a major supported of conservation efforts and increasing the understanding of endangered animals like the Sumatran tigers.  These beautiful tigers are on the critically endangered species list.  Disney actively participates in the Species Survival Plan, which is a breeding program ran by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums where endangered species are bred to help ensure that the species remain protected.  Sadly, the Sumatran tigers have only a total population of 500 tigers that are left in the wild.  The Disney Conservation fund is working with various groups on an initiative called Reverse the Decline, to help develop and implement strategies to save the Sumatran tigers and other critically endangered species like them.

Sumatran Tiger Cubs

The team of animal care experts at Walt Disney World actually spend three years planning and preparing for the birth of these beautiful tigers.  The team spent time learning everything they needed to ensure that the tiger cubs received the best care available.  The team also created a play area for the cubs that resides backstage.  The play area allowed the cubs to learn how to swim and climb.

Sumatran Tiger Cubs

So how cute are little Anala and Jeda?  Who else can’t wait to go and see them at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

Photo and Source Credit:  Disney Parks Blog

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About Christy Caby

I am a long time Disney addict! This love began as a child and stayed with me in my teen years. I completed the Disney College Program, was engaged and honeymooned at Disney, visited WDW while pregnant with each of our two boys, and have brought our boys since they were babies (they are now 5 and 2).