The Zoo’s Tiger Cub Cam has brought our tiger family into homes all over the world, and now, we are proud to announce an upcoming milestone for Lola’s four growing cubs - venturing outside for the very first time!
Since its launch on August 10, the Tiger Cub Cam has been viewed over 142,000 times! For our team, the positive responses from those who’ve tuned in have been incredibly rewarding to see. Amur tiger, Zoya’s, successful integration with our three Sumatran tiger cubs and mom Lola is an accomplishment we’ll never forget.
The idea of setting up a live camera in the tiger den of Cat Forest seemed a bit daunting at first, from a technical standpoint, but luckily, our IT team delivered. For viewers, the first few weeks of the tiger cam featured a ton of snoozing sessions and very little movement. However, as time continues to pass by, the cubs are becoming more mobile and curious.
While they still enjoy the occasional cat nap, they’re now spending more time learning to walk and climb throughout their indoor habitat. Because they’ve started to explore more, our team of caretakers have begun introducing enrichment items such as tree branches, scents, boomer balls and donuts for the cubs to interact with.
Lola has continued to be an attentive and patient mom to her four cubs. Our team could not possibly be more proud of how she’s taken on her role as a first-time parent.
Zoya, our most adventurous cub, was the first of her littermates to start consuming meat at only five weeks of age. Eko, Ramah and Gusti are typical males – rambunctious and playful as can be.
Although Zoya was the smallest cub initially, she’s already started to outgrow her foster brothers. The average weight for female Amur tigers, the largest of the tiger species, is 400 pounds.
Once the cubs received their first round of vaccinations on August 30, our team began the process of preparing the habitat yard. This will include draining the pool, cushioning certain areas with hay and mitigating potential hazards.
Once the yard is completely cub-proofed, we’ll begin giving Lola and her cubs access outside. When that moment arrives, we invite Zoo guests to watch as they continue to grow and play.
Our team members appreciate the love and support from OKC Zoo fans and will continue to share cub updates on our website, blog and social media applications.
– Eddie Witte, Zoo curator of carnivores and birds
Photo: Dr. Jennifer D'Agostino