Jacksonville tiger cub gets new name and home at Jacksonville zoo

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —

The first tiger cub in 35 years at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens made her public debut Saturday.

The 18-pound Sumatran tiger cub spent the first months of her life with her mom in a den out of the public’s eye.

She was named Kinleigh Rose after the first grandchild of two donors.

She checked out her new surroundings Saturday in front of a crowd.

The award winning exhibit features a trail system that spans the length of two football fields.

Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the six subspecies in existence today, according to JZG.

Less than 400 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild and they are only found on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

To combat extinction of tigers in the wild, JZG supports a Wildlife Protection Unit on the island.

The unit patrols the national forest and removes traps and snares that harm Sumatran tigers and their prey.