Topeka Zoo Announces Pregnancy of Rare Sumatran Tiger

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- The Topeka Zoo is expecting a baby and it's no joke, Jingga, the Topeka Zoo’s 3-year-old Sumatran tigress, is pregnant!

The zoo pointed out that “Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with only about 500 are left in the wild, so this pregnancy represents a great contribution to the conservation cause for these amazing animals.”

Zoo animal care and veterinary staff have been conducting weekly ultrasound examinations for the past month. The pregnancy was confirmed two weeks ago. “We saw two, potentially three cubs,” the topeka zoo's consulting veterinarian said. “We will continue to monitor the pregnancy with weekly exams.”

Zoo officials believe that Jingga will give birth around the first week of May so they have prepared a birthing den.

After about 90 days the cubs should be on public display.

For updates throughout the pregnancy, community members are encouraged to follow the Topeka Zoo’s Facebook page.

The Proud Parents to be:

Rojo - Male
Date of Birth - Dec 5, 2006
Born at the San Diego Safari Park

Jingga - Female
Date of Birth - March 18, 2010
Born at the Sacramento Zoo

Sumatran Tigers have a gestation period of about 103 days with litters of 2 to 4 cubs. The cubs are born blind and completely helpless and the the mother provides all of the care for the cubs.