Akron – The Akron Zoo will be saying goodbye to one tiger and welcoming back a familiar face. Berani, the zoo’s current Sumatran tiger, is headed to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Florida. Kami, who was previously at the Akron Zoo in 2009, has returned and is now on exhibit.
Kami was born at the San Francisco Zoo in March 2008. He first arrived in Akron in spring of 2009 and left for the Montgomery Zoo in the fall of 2010, where he has remained for the last 3 years. Kami will be on exhibit daily.
Berani was born at National Zoo in Washington D.C. in September of 2001. He arrived in Akron from the San Antonio Zoo in January 2012. Berani is being sent to Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens as part of a breeding recommendation through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan. He will be paired up with Lucy, a two-year-old female Sumatran tiger, who arrived at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens earlier this month from the Oklahoma City Zoo. The two tigers will be part of a new exhibit, Land of the Tiger, expected to open in March 2014.
The Sumatran tiger is an endangered species and the smallest of the remaining five tiger subspecies. It is indigenous to the tropical jungles, forests and swamps of the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Their population in the wild is now heavily fragmented and is estimated at 400 or fewer. The biggest challenge the Sumatran tiger faces in the wild is loss of habitat.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and winter admission is $6 per person. Children under two are free and parking is $2.00. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.