British born Giles Clark heads up the exotic carnivores section at Australia Zoo. He has travelled the world expanding his knowledge of tigers living in captivity and has made considerable conservation efforts to protect them in the wild.
Now, he’s taking on an even bigger challenge – he’s taking home two Sumatran tiger cubs and bringing them up with his own family. Born in August 2013, the cubs are the first in the zoo’s 43-year history.
The Sumatran tiger is highly endangered and Spot and Stripe, the two cubs, will be essential in helping to raise awareness about the plight of their wild cousins.
They will also contribute to a vitally important international breeding programme. But before any of this can happen, they have to grow up.
Tigers About the House follows this fascinating story from the lead up to the birth of the cubs, through the challenges and exciting milestones of their first year and the moment when they leave home – and their lives change forever.
The tiger's closest living relative is the snow leopard and the two are considered sister species.
There are six remaining subspecies of tiger: the Bengal tiger, the Indochinese tiger, the Malayan tiger, the Siberian tiger, the South China tiger and the Sumatran tiger.
Tigers are obligate carnivores, which means that they must eat meat, as their health depends on them ingesting nutrients found in animal flesh.
The tiger is an apex predator, meaning it sits at the top of their food chain with no predators of its own.
Every tiger in the world is unique – no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes.
Tigers are the largest members of the cat family and are renowned for their power and strength. They are capable of killing animals over twice their size.
Tigers are loners. They are solitary creatures and only come together when they are courting, mating, or raising offspring.
Tigers don't have an easy life. These calculated hunters only make the kill in 1 out of every 20 attempts.