The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of three Amur tiger cubs. Parents, Tatiana and Toma, welcomed the trio - two boys and a girl, named Yuri, Kuza and Misha -- in the afternoon hours on May 7, the day before Mother's Day.
Mother Tatiana, 11, and father Toma, 10, were introduced to each other this past December. It is the second litter of cubs for Tatiana. Her first, consisting of Korol, Kunali and Naka, was born on June 7, 2004. Brothers, Korol and Kunali, now reside at The Alaska Zoo in Anchorage, while Naka lives at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, where she has been recommended for breeding.
"Tatiana is an excellent mother," said Tom LaBarge, curator of animals at the zoo. "With the exception of occasional veterinary health checks, we'll allow her to take care of the cubs without interference. The cubs will be weaned and ready to go on exhibit in early September."
About the Parents
Born March 13, 2000 at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Arrived in Syracuse in early fall 2002
Weighs 350 lbs.
Mother to Korol, Kunali & Naka, born June 7, 2004
Identify her by the long vertical stripe at the base of her tail.
Of interest: Tatiana's paternal grandmother was killed by a poacher in Russia; her father was rescued as an orphaned cub.
Born May 21, 2001 at the Buffalo Zoo
Arrived in Syracuse late 2010
Weighs 470 lbs.
Sired one offspring at the Buffalo Zoo
Identify him by his light orange color and shoulders that are nearly void of stripes.
Of interest: Toma is a cancer survivor. Initially the SSP had recommended him for placement at a west coast zoo. Concerns about the impact of a cross-country trip resulted in considerations of a zoo in closer proximity, which is why the Rosamond Gifford Zoo was selected. Genetically, he is very valuable tiger, as his genes are not well-represented within the North American population.