Virginia Zoo’s Tiger Brothers Leaving
Malayan tigers Stubbley and Osceola are leaving the Virginia Zoo. The two six-year-old males have received a recommendation from the Species Survival Plan® to move to other Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited facilities. This program aims to maximize the genetic diversity of the species, creating a healthy and sustainable population for the future. The SSP® also ensures the species’ survival in the wild through supporting conservation efforts such as programs to combat poaching.
Also known by Zoo staff and fans as the “boys”, the infamous pair of critically endangered tigers were born at the Virginia Zoo in 2016 and earned their names shortly after through a silent auction the Zoo held. After birth, their mother was unable to care for the cubs and the Zoo’s Keepers and veterinary staff intervened to hand-rear them.
Public viewing of cub feedings, a “Cub Cam” and virtual series called #TigerTuesdays held at the Animal Wellness Campus’ hospital rooms made Stubbley and Osceola a sensation for Zoo fans near and far. At six months old they ventured into their habitats and spent the summer awing visitors while they splashed in their pool and explored their surroundings.
Since then, the trio of tigers, Stubbley, Osceola and their dad, 11-year-old Christopher, split time spent in their habitat. They have served as crucial ambassadors to their species in the wild and educated hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to the Virginia Zoo each year.
Stubbley and Osceola will be leaving within the next month, but that could change at any time due to the many variables associated with transporting animals. Come soon to say your goodbyes and stay tuned to the Zoo’s social media pages for more information and updates.