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Dreamworld’s Tiger Cubs Named – Guests Now Able to View the Sisters in the Tiger Island Nursery

February 14, 2018 Attraction No Comments Email Email

Dreamworld’s two adorable tiger cubs now have names … introducing Melati and Mya.

Melati and Mya both remain in good health and are growing stronger every day. The girls now weigh 3.66 kilograms and 3.36 kilograms respectively and have each doubled in weight since they were born.

Their names were selected by Tiger Island staff and chosen from over 2,000 suggestions received online. Melati is an Indonesian name meaning “Jasmine flower” and Mya is an ancient name which has many origins, with the essence of the name meaning “beloved” or “great”.

From today, Melati and Mya will relocate from post-natal care to Tiger Island’s ‘up-close’ nursery den. Dreamworld guests will be able to get a first-hand look at the beautiful baby tigers through the ‘up-close’ den’s viewing windows.

Dreamworld’s General Manager of Life Sciences, Al Mucci, said the sisters were ready to meet the outside world.

“We’ve been flooded with interest from guests wanting to see the sister cubs in person.

“Like all newborns, the sisters are still sleeping for large parts of the day, but when they’re awake they’re becoming more alert and more active every day.

“We’ve made sure the girls have been a little spoilt, they’ve been given lots of teddies and other soft toys to play with in their ‘up-close’ nursery den.

“Melati and Mya are very cute and very photogenic, but their role here at Dreamworld is so much more important. When our guests come here to visit the sisters we want them to leave Dreamworld with an added appreciation of the importance of global wild tiger conservation.

“Around the world, it is estimated there are fewer than 4,000 tigers alive in the wild and we all need to work together to stop their decline,” Mr Mucci said.

HOW AND WHEN GUESTS CAN SEE THE NEW CUBS

From today, the cubs will spend their days in the Tiger Island ‘up-close’ nursery den. Dreamworld visitors will be able to view the cubs through Tiger Island’s interactive ‘up-close’ viewing windows.

Guests wanting to see Melati and Mya in their nursery should be mindful the girls are still newborns, so much of their day is spent sleeping or feeding.

Interactive tiger cub experiences, including guest photos and walks, are expected to be available in March – in time for the national and international influx of visitors to Queensland for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. WILD TIGER CONSERVATION FAST FACTS

Tigers are listed as critically endangered, which classifies them as Very High Risk of Extinction in the Wild

Due to poaching and deforestation, it is estimated there are fewer than 4,000 wild tigers in the world today

The Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation has contributed more than $2 million toward Tiger Conservation programs since launching in 2012

Money raised at Dreamworld for our Wildlife Foundation goes directly to fund frontline conservation activities in tiger conservation areas in Russia and Indonesia

We provide funding to organisations such as Wild Cats (formerly 21st Century Tiger), Fauna and Flora International and The Pheonix Fund.  These organisations police the jungles to find and destroy tiger traps, and track and arrest poachers.  They also run programs in local communities to educate people on the critically endangered status of wild tigers

All tigers at Dreamworld were bred in wildlife centres. None of the tigers at Dreamworld were removed from the wild

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