L.A. Zoo Welcomes Endangered Sumatran Tiger

CONTACT: L.A. Zoo Press

February 5, 2015

Photo by Tad Motoyama

L.A. Zoo Welcomes Endangered Sumatran Tiger

Media Are Invited to the Debut Of C.J. the Tiger

The Los Angeles Zoo is proud to welcome a male tiger named Castro Jr., or C.J. as he is commonly known. Born on March 3, 2013, the 250 pound feline comes from the Sacramento Zoo where he was a favorite among guests.

“C.J. is an incredibly well-natured and energetic tiger,” said Stephanie Zielinski, Animal Keeper for the Los Angeles Zoo. “He has very distinct gold eyes, and he loves to swim in the different pools in his habitat. We are excited to have a potential breeding male here at the Zoo because the Sumatran tiger is one of the most endangered subspecies of tiger in the world. There are less than 400 left in the wild.”

The Sumatran tiger is the smallest of the six remaining subspecies of tiger, and it is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. They can range in size from seven to nine feet in length and may weigh from 220 to 380 pounds. Sumatran tigers are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with agricultural habitat destruction, poaching and killing of tigers that comes into contact with villagers as the biggest threats to their survival.

WHAT: Tiger Press Debut

When: Friday, February 6 at 9:30 A.M.

Where: Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

MEDIA:  Media staff should park in the Zoo’s south lot near the public bus circle, and a Zoo staff member will transport them to Tiger Plaza.

VIDEO LINK:  http://we.tl/Qmo35P5xiq

Photo credit: Tad Motoyama

About the Los Angeles Zoo

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $19 for adults and $14 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200.