Sunday, 6 July 2008

Meet Tiger Island’s newest superstars, Sumatran tiger cubs SHANTI, JAYA and NDARI

After three weeks of being identified by the distinctive markings on their tails, our newborn Sumatran tiger cubs finally have names. Chosen from entries to competitions run with the TODAY show and The Sunday Mail, along with an internal competition for Dreamworld staff, the cubs have been named ‘Shanti’, ‘Jaya’ and ‘Ndari’.

Congratulations go to Poehere Boosie from Dreamworld’s Food & Beverage department whose striking suggestion of ‘Jaya’ was picked for one of our little girls last week. Indonesian for ‘victory’ Jaya was chosen by Poehere for its significance to the survival of the species.

Said Poehere, “I think Jaya is a really special name as each cub born at Dreamworld is a victory for the survival of the Sumatran tiger population. I wanted to find something really special and the name is a reflection of what we are trying to achieve with our tiger breeding. Jaya just touched me, I thought it was beautiful.”

Short, simple and easy to call were pre-requisites for making the short list, ‘Ndari’ and ‘Shanti’ topping the bill when Tiger Island voted for their favourites from 4500 public suggestions.

Indonesian for ‘full moon’, ‘Ndari’ was chosen from the national entries submitted to the TODAY show and reflects her big, moon shaped eyes. The name ‘Shanti’, meaning inner peace in an ancient Indian language, was chosen from entries to The Sunday Mail in both Sydney and Brisbane. True to her name, Shanti is the mellower of the tiny tots with sisters Jaya and Ndari the feistier of the bunch.

Head down to the Tiger Island nursery to watch our newest superstars Jaya, Ndari, and Shanti wrestle, play, and grow up before our eyes.

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