Jacksonville Zoo tiger cubs to make public debut

Jacksonville Zoo tiger cubs to make public debut

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has announced that the Sumatran tiger cubs born in November, Rocky and Jaggar, will make their first public appearance Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

There will be limited viewing hours based on how the two cubs continue to adapt to their new environment.

The two male cubs have spent the last 11 weeks behind the scenes with their mother, Dorcas.

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The birth of the two Sumatran tiger cubs is significant, according to the zoo, because such tiger's are part of a globally-managed species program  that works to maintain a healthy population of the tigers.

There are less than 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild according to the zoo, so the birth of the two cubs will aid the zoo in highlighting the work being done to protect them.