Tiger cubs debut at Little Rock Zoo


Four tiger cubs born at the Little Rock Zoo were introduced to the public this weekend.Three males and one female cub were born November 12, 2013 to Malayan tigers Liku and Suhana. All four cubs are growing strong.{}After the birth, the Zoo asked members of the public to submit names for one of the male cubs.{}Tiger keepers sifted through nearly 500 entries and decided to name two male cubs (Liem and Eko) from the submitted names, instead of just one.The other two cubs, one male and one female, are named Olan and Asmara.The birth of the cubs puts the total number of Malayan tigers in a zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums at 56. Malayan tigers are some of the most endangered big cats in the world, with less than 500 left in the wild.{}The birth of the tiger cubs at the Little Rock Zoo happened as a result of a recommendation of the AZA Species Survival Plan for the Malayan tiger."Tigers are endangered and their numbers are dwindling in the wild and that's something that zoos and keepers feel very passionate about is doing our best to conserve these species," explained Kate Barszcowski, a big cat keeper with the Little Rock Zoo. "So them being born here isn't just fun and educational for the people here, but it's an impact on the global tiger population."