Zoo's tiger cub to make exhibit debut

Name of cub will be announced Saturday

Photo courtesy: John Reed
Photo courtesy: John Reed

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens' first tiger cub in 35 years will make her public debut this weekend.

The 18-pound cub will be in the Land of the Tiger exhibit.

You can attend the event on Saturday, February 13 at 10 a.m.

“It has been so much fun watching our tiger cub grow and play, and I can’t wait to share her with our visitors,” said Elana Kopel, Senior Mammal Keeper at JZG. “It is my hope that when they see her, it inspires them to support the conservation of these incredible, endangered animals.”

The zoo will also announce the cub's name, given by a generous donor, when she makes her exhibit debut.

The cub spent the first few months of her life in a den to bond with her mother, Dorcas.

She is growing bigger each day and still has items on her wish list such as wind chimes and bungie cords. The toys can be purchased by anyone and shipped directly to the zoo via its Amazon wish list.