DEPARTMENT OF ENTERPRISE SERVICES CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU
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Honolulu – On Monday, Honolulu Zoo leadership, veterinarian staff and animal keepers made the difficult decision to euthanize Sumatran Tiger, Berani.
Berani was born at the Phoenix Zoo on September 4, 1999. He was moved to Honolulu in November 2005 where he sired numerous offspring, some of which have gone on to make him a grandfather. Sumatran tigers are considered critically endangered, with fewer than 500 believed to exist, and approximately 200 of those living in zoos across the globe as part of a worldwide conservation effort.
The median life expectancy of Sumatran tigers in zoos is 18.4 years. Life expectancy for Sumatran tigers is about 12 years in the wild.
Last year, Honolulu Zoo said a final aloha to Djelita, who held the Guinness World Record as the oldest living tiger in captivity at over 25 years in age.
The Honolulu Zoo’s conservation effort will continue with Chrissie, a female Sumatran Tiger that guests can still visit and enjoy.
*Photo credit: Bryan Thompson