Tasmania Zoo welcomes Sumatran tigers Jalur and Cinta

Tigers have been spotted in Tasmania, but they're not thylacines.

Two Sumatran tigers, 10-year-olds Jalur and Cinta, are the first to ever come to Tasmania. 

The two siblings will now live at Riverside’s Tasmania Zoo.

They were originally from Auckland Zoo in New Zealand, and spent the past eight years at Symbio Wildlife Park.

Head keeper Emma Morgan said it was very exciting to see the two tigers settling into their new home.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Ms Morgan said. “It’s been our biggest project to date.”

Ms Morgan said the tigers had adapted really well to their new home.

“They’ve been very spoiled,” she said.

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The brother and sister Jalur and Cinta have heated dens, plenty of outdoor space, and even a pool to cool down in.

“They’re playful, but shy at the same time,” she said.

“Like any cat, they take their time to bond, especially with new keepers.”

Ms Morgan said Jalur was quite playful and loved food.

Cinta, a tigress, was a bit touchy with her new keepers, and was taking a little longer to settle in.

“I think they’re going to be a big drawcard,” she said. “We’ve had so many calls about them already.

“We hope that we’ll be able to chat about their plight. It’s something we really need to talk about.”

Sumatran tigers are the smallest surviving tiger subspecies, and are on the critically endangered list.

It is believed less than 300 Sumatran tigers exist today due to poaching and deforestation.

Ms Morgan said despite the excitement, having Jalur and Cinta finally at the zoo was bittersweet.

The project to introduce tigers to the zoo was the last one founder Dick Warren worked on before he passed away in May.

Mr Warren was known as a passionate wildlife conservationist, a practical joker, and a well-loved member of the community.

Tasmania Zoo is also home to animals such as lions, red pandas, otters, and meerkats.