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Little Rock Zoo tigers to become first-time parents

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Little Rock, Arkansas – According to the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, early in August, two tigers housed at the Little Rock Zoo are expecting cubs.

The Little Rock CVB tweeted out an ultrasound photo of the soon-to-be cubs along with photos of the expectant parents.

Jaya, the father of the cubs, came to Little Rock in February from the Jacksonville Zoo as a recommendation by the Tiger Species Survival Plan to breed with their female, Asmara, according to the zoo’s website.

The zoo announced that a baby shower for the couple is planned for Global Tiger Day on July 30.

“We hope you’ll join us in celebrating and raising awareness of this iconic endangered species,” the zoo’s events page said.

According to the zoo, cake and refreshments will be available for attendees of the shower. They are also working on setting up a gift registry for Asmara.

This is Asmara’s first pregnancy, and Jaya will be a first-time father, the zoo said.

According to officials, many species of tigers were once found all across Asia, but now there may be fewer than 4,000 left in the wild. They are threatened primarily by poaching and habitat loss. Now there are less than 200 Malayan tigers left in the wild.

 

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