Sacramento Zoo Welcomes New Sumatran Tiger

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SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Zoo has welcomed a new Sumatran tiger.

Four-year-old Jillian is the grand-cub of the late Baha and Castro. She comes to Sacramento from the San Francisco Zoo.

"We hear from the San Francisco Zoo is that she is a very playful tiger. She's still a cub at heart," Sacramento Zoo spokesperson Tonja Candelaria said.

Jillian is an animal ambassador because she represents the fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers that remain in the wild. The species is critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra off the Malaysian peninsula.

As Jillian adjusts to her new environment, you may not always see her. If you're lucky enough to spot the feline, make sure you stay quiet.

For now, Jillian is the only tiger at the Sacramento Zoo.

This 213-pound cat is an active and inquisitive young adult, according to zoo officials. The Sacramento Zoo is excited to learn more about her personality as she settles into her new home and becomes accustomed to her new keepers.

Last year, Jillian's grandmother Baha was killed by the zoo's male tiger Mohan, after a mating attempt went terribly wrong. Mohan has since moved to a special artificial insemination facility in Washington, which left Sacramento without any tigers.


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