Puna was born in a litter of 2 at Tiergarten Heidelberg to first time mother, Julieta. She was only getting milk from the female for the first five days of her life, after which Julieta became very uninterested. Puna made her way though the house area one night and fell into the vistor’s area where she was found by keeping staff the following morning. It was decided that she would be bottlefed, yet would live in the enclosure next to her father’s to allow them to bond.
She was a fantastic first time mum in 2008 when she had her first litter of 2:0 with breeding partner Nias, and again in 2011 to 2:0.
The Sumatran tiger is the smallest of the tiger sub-species. They have a very characteristic dark orange coat, with very thin, closely packed stripes. As with all tiger species, these stripes are as unique to each individual, as our finger prints are to us. Around the face is a long white ruff of fur, more often seen in males than females. As their name suggests, the Sumatran tiger’s native habitat is the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Ref: KCS 2018
Location: Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent
Photographer: Paul Russell