Queensland, Australia: Dreamworld guests will get the first public glimpses of the park’s new white tiger cubs from Feb 19 onwards. The 15 week old cubs arrived safe and sound in their new home at Dreamworld on Tuesday 16/2, transferred from Japan under the park’s conservation partnership arrangement with Hirakawa Zoo in Kagoshima City.
Yet to be named, the pair will remain in their purpose-built quarantine facility until mid-March when they will meet their adopted siblings Kai and sisters Adira and Akasha in Dreamworld’s all-new Tiger Cub Kindy currently under construction near Tiger Island.
‘Tiger Cub Kindy’, a purpose-built playground currently under construction near Tiger Island will contain a cub-sized swimming pool and activity areas for the cubs to play safely and interact with the guests.
Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson said the new cubs were important for the long term sustainability of the park’s interactive tiger program which helps to educate and raise awareness of these endangered species and contributes donations to protect tigers and their habitats in the wild.
“It’s fantastic to secure the long term future of tigers at Tiger Island and see the return of white tigers to Dreamworld. White Tigers have lived long and happy lives at Tiger Island since 1995 and we still have their descendants here today.”
Dreamworld General Manager of Life Sciences Al Mucci said the cubs are special not because they are white, but because they are tigers. The most unrelated tigers from Japan, the cubs are enjoying their new home.
“They’re settling in to their new environment and drinking and eating really well. We’re really pleased with the way they have adjusted to the move and I can’t wait for our guests to meet them,” Mr Mucci said.
With less than 3,000 left in the wild, tigers are critically endangered. Dreamworld, through the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF), is the largest zoological contributor to tiger conservation worldwide.
Dreamworld’s tigers raise money to help their wild cousins through guest experiences such as tiger walks, photos and VIP tiger cub experiences. DWF donations fund anti-poaching patrols and conservation initiatives protecting wild tigers in Indonesia and Russia.
Celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, Tiger Island is now home to nine adult tigers and five cubs.
Dreamworld is an active member of the Zoo and Aquarium Association, the peak body representing the zoo and aquarium community throughout Australasia.
Australia’s biggest theme park, Dreamworld is happiness all in one place. Brave the ‘Big 9’ thrill rides, meet your favourite DreamWorks heroes and ABC KIDS characters, go wild at Tiger Island, and discover indigenous culture and Australian wildlife at Dreamworld Corroboree. Don’t miss our all new Motorsports Experience featuring the world’s first Hot Wheels themed rollercoaster – the Hot Wheels SideWinder – and the world’s largest collection of Peter Brock racing cars in Brock’s Garage. When the fun heats up, you can cool down at Dreamworld’s interconnecting water park WhiteWater World.
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