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  Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Becomes New Home for ‘Bandar’, a Critically Endangered Sumatran Tiger, as Part of the AZA Species Survival Program  

31 Jan 2023
  • Becomes the first and only Sumatran Tiger at Busch Gardens
  • Bandar is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) that manages endangered species in accredited zoological facilities, such as Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, to protect them from extinction
  • Sumatran tigers are currently listed as critically endangered species with less than 400 tigers in the wild due to poaching, habitat loss, and human conflict

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has announced the arrival of a critically endangered male Sumatran tiger who joins the park’s diverse collection of more than 200 animal species. Bandar was transferred from the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Wash., and is the park’s first Sumatran tiger to join the existing streak of tigers. In his new habitat, he will join Rukayah and Zahra, a Malayan and Bengal tiger, respectively.  Park guests are now able to get up-close with Bandar, a nine-year-old male Sumatran tiger who resides in the Jungala realm of the park.

“Watching Bandar settle into his new home is exciting and inspiring,” said Jenny Mendoza, Vice President- Zoological for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “We are very thrilled to provide him with a home for him to thrive, share his story with our guests, and have our zoological facilities serve as a building block for the prosperous future of all tigers.”

The Sumatran tiger is a critically endangered species on the brink of extinction. With less than 400 known Sumatran tigers in the wild, Bandar is part of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage specific species populations within AZA-accredited facilities, such as Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, which has successfully managed tiger populations for more than five decades.





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