TACOMA, Wash. – Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium has set aside two days, July 30 and 31, to highlight wild cats. The public is invited to learn about the conservation of these powerful mammals.
The zoo’s Sumatran tigers will receive enrichment treats and clouded leopard cub triplets can be observed playing in their exercise yard.
Visitors can also enjoy cat-themed games while learning about actions they can take in their everyday lives (through products they choose to buy, for example) that can help wild animals like tigers and clouded leopards.
Here’s the schedule of activities for guests:
- Clouded Leopard Playtime (11 am) – Clouded leopard triplets Saffron, Masala, and Coriander can be seen jumping and climbing in their exercise yard
- Tiger Keeper Talk (12:30 pm) – Tigers will get a special enrichment treat
- Animal Training Session (4 pm) – Guests can learn how keepers train tigers and watch how they interact with each other
- Dining Out – Visitors can test their tiger knowledge and guess how much a tiger eats in one sitting
- Matching Cat Fur – Guests can learn about the amazing variety of cat species in the wild
The event falls right after Global Tiger Day, which focuses on the plight of Sumatran, Amur, and Malayan tigers around the world.
“Tigers’ numbers are rapidly declining in the wild, and without our help, they may vanish from the earth in our lifetime,” said zoo General Curator Karen Goodrowe Beck, who is vice chair of the North American Species Survival Plan© for Sumatran tigers.
“Residents of the Puget Sound region are fortunate that they can view and learn about these magnificent ambassadors for the species right here at home.”
Clouded leopards, too, face threats in the wild. The species is under significant pressure from human encroachment and habitat destruction, as well as poaching.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a leader in the conservation of clouded leopards, which are native to Southeast Asia.
Learn more at www.pdza.org.