The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has welcomed the arrival of a critically endangered male Sumatran tiger at Edinburgh Zoo. 

Staff at the wildlife conservation charity say they hope the zoo’s current female tiger Dharma and the new arrival Lucu will breed in the future. 

Darren McGarry, head of living collections at RZSS, said, “We are very excited to welcome Lucu into our care and for visitors to meet him soon. 

It will take a couple of days for him to settle in and explore his new homeand we will slowly begin introductions with Dharma in the months to come. 

Four-year-old Lucu was born at Paignton Zoo, Devon, in 2016. 

Darren added, “Sumatran tigers are critically endangered in the wild and any cubs Lucu and Dharma raise would be a potentially important contribution to the future of the species, which is at risk of extinction due to extensive habitat loss and poaching.” 

Lucky visitors may be able to spot Lucu in his indoor area over the weekend at Edinburgh Zoo’s Tiger Tracks.  

 

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