Sumatran tigers The Montgomery Zoo has two new male Sumatran tigers. These are the smallest of all surviving tiger subspecies. Male Sumatran tigers average 6 feet, 8 inches in length from head to tail and weigh about 300 lb. Females average 6 feet, 6 inches in length and weigh about 200 lb. Its stripes are narrower than other subspecies of tigers' stripes, and it has a more bearded and maned appearance, especially the males. Its small size makes it easier to move through dense rain forests. It has webbing between its toes that, when spread, makes Sumatran tigers very fast swimmers. It has been known to drive hoofed prey into the water, especially if the prey animal is a slow swimmer.
The Sumatran tiger is only found naturally in Sumatra, a large island in western Indonesia. Its habitat ranges from lowland forests to sub-mountain and mountain-forests, including peat swamp forests and soon at the Montgomery Zoo. The Sumatran Tiger can be seen on exhibit in the Asian realm at the Montgomery Zoo beginning in January 2011.
Jaguars The Montgomery Zoo will be adding on one new Jaguar at the beginning of 2011. This female comes from the Akron Zoo in Akron, OH. This will give the Zoo a total of two jaguars. The jaguar is the third-largest feline after the tiger and the lion, and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. The jaguar's present range extends from Mexico across much of Central America and south to Paraguay and northern Argentina. Apart from a known and possibly breeding population in Arizona (southeast of Tucson), the cat has largely been extirpated from the United States since the early 1900s.
This spotted cat most closely resembles the leopard physically, although it is usually larger and of sturdier build and its behavioral and habitat characteristics are closer to those of the tiger. While dense rainforest is its preferred habitat, the jaguar will range across a variety of forested and open terrain. It is strongly associated with the presence of water and is notable, along with the tiger, as a feline that enjoys swimming.
Alligators and crocs The newest Montgomery Zoo animal exhibit will begin construction in the spring of 2011. This new exhibit will house a varied aged and sized alligators and crocodiles. It will be located adjacent to the North American River Otter habitat near the Zoo lake.
Guests will experience a one-of-a-kind view of these ancient reptiles. Boardwalks will extend over the exhibit allowing guests to walk directly over the animals getting a unique overhead view. The animals will live in a temperature controlled area and water keeping the gators and crocs on the move regardless of the season.
We look forward to adding this new and exciting exhibit to our collection.