Bringing the zoo to you: all about tigers

Attracting millions of visitors each year, Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo hopes to inspire people to make conservation a priority in their lives. Founded in 1899, this urban oasis is home to 900 animals representing more than 250 species.

In this video, zookeeper Christine introduces us to Bumi, a 10-year-old male Malayan tiger that lives in the zoo’s Banyan Wilds habitat. Christine’s colleague, Peter, is training this strapping 284-pound, 7-foot-tall cat to do things like lie down, hit a target, sit, and open his mouth.

Even though Bumi looks pretty huge, there are other subspecies of tigers that are even bigger; in fact, some can weigh as much as 700 pounds! Like all other wild cats, tigers are “carnivores,” which means they eat only meat. In the wild, they hunt barking deer, wild boar, sun bear, tapir, elephant calves, and domestic livestock. Here at the zoo, Bumi is fed about 7 pounds of meat each day.

Do you have a pet cat at home? If you do, your kitty probably doesn’t like the water one bit. Malayan tigers like Bumi, on the other hand, actually enjoy playing in the water and are often quite powerful swimmers. Especially on hot days, it’s not uncommon to see Bumi hanging out in his habitat’s water feature.

Watch the video to learn even more about the world’s largest cats--especially what we humans can do to help protect tigers from things like poaching and habitat loss.

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