An endangered feminine Sumatran tiger died at a zoo in Washington state on Monday after struggling extreme accidents throughout a breeding introduction with a possible mate, zoo officers stated.

Kirana, a 6-year-old Sumatran tiger on the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, suffered life-threatening accidents on Friday after being launched to the zoo’s 2-year-old male Sumatran tiger, Raja, as a part of a breeding plan to assist save the endangered species, the zoo said.


“When tigers breed, it’s natural for them to spar with each other and there is typically some level of aggression,” stated Dr. Karen Goodrowe, the zoo’s normal curator. “This level of aggression was far beyond what we would expect with tiger introductions.”

Kirana, a 6-year-old female Sumatran tiger at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, died Monday from injuries she suffered during a breeding introduction with a mate, zoo officials said.

Kirana, a 6-year-old feminine Sumatran tiger on the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, died Monday from accidents she suffered throughout a breeding introduction with a mate, zoo officers stated.
(Photo/Katie Cotterill) Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.)

The zoo launched 4 Sumatran tiger pairs since 2010 and none of these earlier pairings resulted in tiger demise of great damage, Goodrowe stated.

She known as Kirana’s demise “heartbreaking,” saying that employees had approached the pairing of Kirana and Raja “slowly and carefully” over many months.


The two tigers had been stored bodily separated by a mesh door whereas nonetheless having the ability to see and scent one another to develop familiarity, the zoo stated. Once each tigers confirmed indicators they had been comfy with one another, keepers eliminated the mesh door and allowed the pair to satisfy.

After witnessing Kirana in misery, the zoo stated that keepers rapidly separated the 2 tigers and addressed her accidents.

Despite Kirana’s well being showing to enhance on Sunday, the endangered tiger died the next day, the zoo’s head veterinarian Dr. Karen Wolf stated. A necropsy confirmed Kirana suffered substantial trauma from accidents and a bacterial an infection.

“The loss of Kirana is a tragedy for our zoo family, our community, and our world,” stated Point Defiance Zoo Director Alan Varsik. “With just a few Sumatran tigers left on this earth, we need to do everything we possibly can to help them survive.”

There are an estimated 400 Sumatran tigers left within the wild on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, in line with the zoo, with solely 77 of the endangered animals residing in North American zoos.

In addition to Raja, there are three different Sumatran tigers residing within the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s Asian Forest Sanctuary: Bandar, 8, Kali, 8, and Indah, 6.