Gold Coast loses tiger cubs to Canberra

TWO tiger cubs born on the Gold Coast earlier this year will be relocated to the National Zoo in Canberra next month where they will continue their work as ambassador’s for the wild tiger conservation.

Dreamworld’s beloved seven-month-old cubs Melati and Mya will take up permanant residency in the multi-award winning Jamala Wildlife Lodge at Canberra’s National Zoo and Aquarium.

The pair will continue to live together in their new habitat, which features a large bathing pool, similar to Dreamworld’s Tiger Island, a waterfall, climbing towers and extensive natural vegetation.


Dreamworld’s General Manager Life Sciences Al Mucci, said both Dreamworld and the National Zoo were at the forefront of the global movement to save tigers.

Both organisations raise funds for international tiger conservation programs and combat illegal wildlife trade in collaboration with the international conservation agency the Wild Cats Conservation Alliance.

National Zoo also contributes significantly to many breeding programs in an effort to help raise awareness and save animals from extinction.

“With less than 4,000 tigers left in the wild, these initiatives provide critical support to field projects in Indonesia, Russia and Nepal that are ensuring the survival of these magnificent animals,” Mr Mucci said.

“Much of the support comes from pledges from visitors who are inspired to take action on behalf of tigers in the wild”.

Melati and Mya will join Canberra’s four other tiger residents Ravi, Baru, Aceh and Ndari.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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