Honolulu Zoo Tigers Heading Out

Published On: Feb 24 2011 12:47:34 AM HST
Updated On: Feb 24 2011 01:57:49 AM HST
HONOLULU -

The three Sumatran tiger cubs born at the Honolulu Zoo three years ago are heading to new homes around the world, zoo officials said.

The cubs have been a favorite for zoo visitors since they were born Sept. 15, 2008.

The litter was Chrissie and Berani's second. Their first litter was born at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Indiana in 2004.

One of the tigers is going to the Sendai Yagiyama Zoological Park in Japan. Another is heading to the San Antonio Zoo in Texas. The last cub is going to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C.

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Chrissie and Berani are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan for Sumatran Tigers. It is a breeding program to improve the population.

Honolulu Zoo officials said sending the cubs to other facilities will help improve the gene pool of breeding tigers.

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