DREAMWORLD’S tiger cubs have reached an important milestone, with the brothers opening their eyes for the first time.
At almost two weeks old and weighing in at 2.89kg and 3.27kg, the cubs have started exploring their surrounds and will move into their new specially-designed nursery den at Tiger Island in the coming days.
There, guests will be able to get a glimpse of the cute duo before they venture out into the park and onto Tiger Island with their mum Adira and other members of the tiger family.
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The cubs’ blue eyes will slowly transition to brown as they get older.
Dreamworld Tiger Island Manager, Patrick Martin-Vegue said the cubs were happy and healthy and becoming more alert every day.
“They still sleep a lot of the day as all newborns do, but with their eyes now opening they are becoming more curious about the world around them and will continue to become more alert in the coming months,” he said.
The cubs will play an important role in raising awareness about the plight of critically endangered tigers in the wild.
Due to poaching and deforestation, it is estimated there are fewer than 4,000 wild tigers left in the world today.
Money raised through photos and interactive experiences with the cubs will go towards the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation and help fund frontline conservation activities in tiger conservation areas in Russia and Indonesia.
The Foundation has contributed more than $2 million toward Tiger Conservation programs since launching in 2012.