Kansas zoo welcomes 3 new tiger cubs

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SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina is welcoming three Amur tiger cubs born last week. 

The zoo said in a news release on Monday that the babies were born Wednesday to mother Andrea and father Dhenuka. The parents and their cubs are currently off exhibit and will be so for a while. 

“We are on tiger time, and mother and cubs will let us know when they are ready to do certain things,” shared Bob Jenkins, RHZ’s Executive Director.  “We anticipate that the cubs will be off exhibit for approximately two months, possibly longer.” 

The zoo says Amur tigers are classified as an endangered species on the IUCN list.  Parents Andrea and Dhenuka came to the zoo on a breeding recommendation by the Tiger Species Survival Plan developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, of which Rolling Hills Zoo is an accredited member. 

At 11 years old, this is Andrea’s third litter.  Dhenuka, 9, is a first-time father.