OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES WORLD TIGER DAY ACTIVITIES PRESENTED BY BOB MOORE SUBARU
July 24, 2018
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating World Tiger Day, presented by Bob Moore Subaru, Sunday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cat Forest habitat. In addition to learning about one of the world's most magnificent species, Zoo guests can enjoy fun, free, educational activities and celebrate the first birthdays of tiger cubs Zoya, Ramah, Gusti and Eko! The World Wildlife Fund created World Tiger Day in 2010 with a goal to double the number of wild tigers by the year 2022.
Informative displays, crafts and other activities will be on-site at the Cat Forest habitat, plus, a digital photo booth courtesy of Bob Moore Subaru will allow families and friends the opportunity to capture the moment and share their passion for conservation on social media. Snapchat users can access a special World Tiger Day filter that’s available at the Zoo and Bob Moore Subaru on Sunday, July 29. Lancer Hospitality, the OKC Zoo’s food and beverage partner, is providing free ice cream to those in attendance (limited quantity available). Breyers, the ice cream producer, uses sustainable palm oil practices in their manufacturing process, protecting critical tiger and orangutan habitats.
“World Tiger Day is about celebrating these icons of nature and raising awareness about what we can do to ensure they continue to thrive,” said Tyler Boyd, curator of carnivores and hoofstock. “Facing threats from habitat loss and illegal hunting, it’s critical to the future of the species that we act now.”
To celebrate the cubs’ birthday, they will be presented special enrichment items at 10:15 a.m. in their outdoor habitat area at Cat Forest. Caretakers are preparing some of their favorite treats and packaging them in festive boxes to create fun, engaging activities for the animals.
Also on World Tiger Day, guests driving Subaru vehicles will receive complementary valet parking courtesy of Bob Moore Subaru. Valet parking for other vehicles is $7. Bob Moore Subaru will be celebrating World Tiger Day at their dealership by giving away a pair of Zoo day passes to the first 10 individuals who test drive a Subaru and post a World Tiger Day selfie with the photobooth!
Last summer, the Zoo received Zoya, a female Amur tiger cub born at Philadelphia Zoo, and integrated the cub with a litter of three Sumatran tiger cubs born here two weeks prior after Zoya’s mother was not demonstrating maternal behaviors. This process, called cross-fostering, is rare with tigers, with only a few cases having ever been attempted and documented.
Both Amur tigers and Sumatran tigers are endangered in the wild. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers may survive on that Indonesian island. Amur tigers, also called Siberian tigers, are found in far eastern Russia, with a few surviving in northeastern China. Sustained conservation efforts have resulted in recovery from near extinction for the Amur tiger. Fewer than 50 were thought to survive in the 1930s and 1940s, but the population has grown to about 500 today. Although Amur tigers have increased in the wild, tigers overall continue to be under tremendous threat. There are thought to be fewer than 4,000 total tigers surviving across their entire range in southeast Asia, Sumatra, China and Russia. The primary threat to tigers is poaching for their skins, bones and other body parts that are used in traditional Asian medicine. Habitat loss and depletion of prey species is also a threat in many areas.
In 2016 the Zoo began a partnership with Rainforest Trust, a conservation organization whose mission is to work with local partners to purchase and protect threatened tropical forests. Using funds donated by guests through the Zoo’s grassroots program, Round Up for Conservation, Rainforest Trust purchased 13,000 acres of rainforest in central Sumatra, an area five times the size of Oklahoma City’s Lake Hefner. This lowland forest is rich in biodiversity and is now designated as a protected area, safe from conversion to palm oil plantations and logging. The area is patrolled to prevent illegal activities such as poaching. In addition to Sumatran tigers, it’s home to some of the Zoo’s most popular and endangered species including Asian elephants and Sumatran orangutans.
Show your stripes for conservation during World Tiger Day! Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the Oklahoma City Zoo is an Adventure Road partner and a member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District. The Zoo proudly holds accreditations from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the American Association of Museums. Guests are welcome daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with exhibit buildings closing at 4:45 p.m. Stay connected to the world of wild! Find the Zoo on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and visit Our Stories. To learn more, call (405) 424-3344 or visit www.okczoo.org.
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