Animals & Attractions

We have two Sumatran tigers here at Edinburgh Zoo - a female named Dharma and a male called Lucu.

Dharma was born in May 2017 and arrived in Edinburgh from Fota Wildlife Park in April 2019.

Lucu was born in 2016 and arrived from Paignton Zoo in November 2020.

You can help feed and care for Dharma, Lucu and other threatened animals around the world by donating today - if you can, please support our Survival Fund.

Fun facts!

  • The Sumatran tiger is the smallest of all tiger subspecies
  • Their stripes are narrower than those of other tigers 
  • They have a distinctive bearded and maned appearance, especially the males
  • In the wild, Sumatran tigers prey on wild boar, Malayan tapirs and deer as well as monkeys, fish, and birds

How we're helping

Sumatran tigers are fast losing ground to many threats and estimates of wild populations are discouraging. A study in 2004 placed the number of Sumatran tigers in the wild at around 340 – 500. 

Habitat loss, fragmentation and destruction are pushing tigers into smaller areas closer to human habitations, making human-tiger conflicts more common. Habitat loss and fragmentation also makes the tigers’ prey food sources scarcer.

Poaching of tigers for illegal trade and traditional medicine is also rife due to the strong demand for tiger products. Although there are some protected areas, and conservation efforts are continuing, many tigers are killed by poachers even within the protected zones.

The RZSS WildGenes team have been developing a genetic test to identify what wild tigers are eating. This groundbreaking knowledge will help inform conservation efforts helping to reduce the amount of human-tiger conflict in Nepal.

Find out more about RZSS WildGenes.

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