As an older cat in his twilight years, it’s common to see wear and tear on the teeth.
With the assistance of a consulting veterinary team from Animalius, 14-year-old Jaya had a troublesome tooth removed, as well as a full health exam with Xrays, blood and urine samples taken.
Jaya’s health check is just one example of how our animal carers go above and beyond to provide the best possible life for him, but sadly for his cousins in the wild, every day can be a battle to survive.
Sadly, Sumatran Tigers are on the brink of extinction with less than 400 estimated remaining in the wild. In fact, there are now more Sumatran Tigers living in safe habitat within welfare accredited zoological organisations, just like Jaya, than there are in the native Asian jungle.
But good zoos, like Perth Zoo, are working to help them claw back from extinction.
The biggest threats to tigers are habitat destruction and illegal poaching. Medicinal and prosperity fallacies around this powerful feline have led to a high demand for products made from several tiger body parts.
Tiger farms and illegal poaching for their skin, bones, teeth and nails has played a significant role in in their population decline, despite no scientific evidence confirming it’s efficiency.
Through partnerships with Frankfurt Zoological Society and TRAFFIC the international wildlife trade monitoring network, Perth Zoo is contributing to a better understanding of the species and the threats they face from organised crime in Sumatra.
Since 2006, Zoo visitors have helped raise money to protect tigers in the wild through funding anti-poaching patrols in Sumatra.
The Zoo also supports a crime analyst position for TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network which strategically fights wildlife crime and gains intelligence on the sale of big cat body parts on the black market.
Big-cat lovers can contribute to help us support tigers, and many other endangered species, by donating to Perth Zoo