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Meet new tiger cub sisters Melati and Mya at the National Zoo & Aquarium

By Lachlan Roberts 12 October 2018 0

The nine-month-old cubs from Dreamworld will be ambassadors for the conservation of tigers in the wild. Photos: Supplied by National Zoo & Aquarium

Meet the newest addition to the National Zoo & Aquarium, nine-month-old tiger cubs Melati and Mya.

In the continued effort to support wild tiger conservation, the National Zoo & Aquarium has partnered with Dreamworld in Queensland to raise awareness about the plight of tigers in the wild.

As part of this partnership, Dreamworld’s beloved eight-and-a-half-month-old tiger cubs Melati and Mya have moved south to one of Canberra’s zoos as ambassadors for the conservation of tigers in the wild.

Tiger cubs Melati and Mya come to Canberra

If you love baby animals, you're in luck. Eight-month-old tiger cubs Mya and Melati are two of the newest attractions at Canberra National Zoo and Aquarium. Zookeepers say they're entertaining, playful and the perfect ambassadors for their species.

Posted by The RiotACT on Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Melati and Mya will continue to live together in the multi-award winning Jamala Wildlife Lodge and will be on display from this week at the National Zoo & Aquarium.

Business Manager Russell Jackson said the zoo was delighted to welcome the new cubs.

“Melati and Mya will play an important role in engaging our guests about the plight of wild tigers, along with our four other tiger residents Ravi, Baru, Aceh and Ndari,” Mr Jackson said.

Dreamworld’s General Manager Life Sciences Al Mucci said both the National Zoo & Aquarium and Dreamworld are at the forefront of the global movement to save tigers, raising funds for international tiger conservation programs and combating illegal wildlife trade in collaboration with the international conservation agency, the Wild Cats Conservation Alliance.

“With less than 4,000 tigers left in the wild, initiatives funded by accredited members of the Zoo and Aquarium Association, such as Dreamworld and the National Zoo & Aquarium provide critical support to field projects in Indonesia, Russia and Nepal that are ensuring the survival of these magnificent animals,” Mr Mucci said.

“Much of the support comes from pledges from visitors who are inspired to take action on behalf of tigers in the wild.”

The National Zoo & Aquarium and Jamala Wildlife Lodge contribute significantly to many breeding programs, to help raise awareness and save animals from extinction. They also raise money through the National Zoo & Aquarium Conservation Trust (NZACT) to donate to local and overseas conservation initiatives.

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