Guests get up close and personal with Dreamworld’s tiger cubs

THE public is now able to get up close and personal with two of Dreamworld’s newest tiger cubs, seven-week-old brothers Javi and Zakari.

For the first time in history, guests will be able to step foot onto Tiger Island and pose for photos and play with the cubs for 20 minutes, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the theme park’s Wildlife Foundation.

A group of 20 lucky guests will be able to come within a whisker of the cubs during each encounter.


It’s the first time the public has been given exclusive access to Tiger Island, allowing them to step in the paw-prints of the world’s largest cat.

“We are excited to be able to start introducing the brothers to guests who will be able to watch them grow up at Dreamworld,” Tiger Island Manager Patrick Martin-Vegue said.

“Being seven-weeks old, they’re at a great age where their personalities are starting to come through and they are much more inquisitive.”

When not interacting with guests, Javi and Zakari will be prowling between Tiger Island, the cub display area and the Nursery where they will join their younger uncle throughout the day.

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Dreamworld’s newest cub is just a step behind his nephews, making his big debut and first public appearance at the Tiger Island Nursery this week.

He will soon be introduced to Javi and Zakari, as they grow up together with Dreamworld’s older cats at Tiger Island.

“Our youngest boy is doing extremely well, weighing a healthy 3.63 kilograms,” Patrick said.

“As soon as he’s big enough and had his vaccinations, we will socialise him with guests as well as the rest of the Tiger Island family but, for a little while longer he will remain in the Nursery.

“We are excited to add three new additions to our Tiger Island family this year who, like the rest of the cats at Tiger Island, will make a huge imprint on Dreamworld and in the hearts of our team members and guests.”

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The cubs will become the theme park’s newest ambassadors for their wild cousins, spreading the important message of conservation and helping raise much needed funds to support tigers in the wild.

“Without our guests’ support, we wouldn’t be where we are today as one of the world’s largest financial contributors to wild tiger conservation,” Patrick said.

“The Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation funds the important work carried out by our anti-poaching teams across Sumatra, Russia and Nepal, which are saving the lives of wild tigers and creating a safer environment for them to live and thrive in.”

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The Foundation has contributed more than $3 million toward Tiger Conservation programs since launching in 2012.

The foundation helps fund organisations that police critical tiger habitat to find and destroy tiger traps, and track and arrest poachers.

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.

Each Tiger Cub Experience will cost $139 per person, or $199 for the ‘ultimate experience’, with guests able to pay off the cost in four fortnightly payments using Afterpay.

The once-in-a-lifetime encounter, however, is only available to guests who have admission to Dreamworld.

For more information or to book, click here.