Tiger Cubs Melati and Mya
Now In The Nursery
Dreamworld has welcomed the pitter-patter of newborn paws with the birth of two cubs at Tiger Island. Dreamworld’s Nika gave birth to sisters Melati and Mya on 24 January, weighing in at 1.4kg and 1.6kg.
Their names were selected by Tiger Island staff and chosen from over 2,000 suggestions received online. Melati is an Indonesian name meaning “Jasmine flower” and Mya is an ancient name which has many origins, meaning “beloved” or “great”.
The birth heralds the sixth litter born at Dreamworld since Tiger Island opened in 1995 and will help further support the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation’s global conservation initiatives for tigers in the wild. You can show your support by adopting one of our tigers, making a donation or taking part in an interactive experience with our cubs when they launch later in the year.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the status of tigers in the wild?
Tigers are critically endangered and facing extinction with less than 4,000 tigers left in the wild.
What does Dreamworld do to support tigers?
Dreamworld, through the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation, is one of the largest zoological contributors to tiger conservation worldwide and has raised over $2 million towards tiger conservation, which helps fund anti-poaching teams, remove snares laid to trap tigers, train enforcement officers to combat illegal wildlife trade and support community conservation programs in Russia, Sumatra and Nepal.
Why do tigers live at Dreamworld?
The contributions of the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation are primarily achieved through the unique interactive environment created at Tiger Island, where Dreamworld’s tigers can roam around and interact with their handlers. Dreamworld’s Tiger Island is an educational and conservation precinct, encouraging empathy for the plight of tigers globally and raising money to help save tigers in the wild. This is done through educational talks, daily presentations and a variety of ways for guests to interact and make financial contributions to DWF for tigers in the wild.
How many tigers live at Dreamworld?
Dreamworld’s Tiger Island is now home to 12 tigers including Pi, Kai, Akasha, Adira, Kiko, Kali, Shanti, Jaya, Nika and Raja, as well as the two new cubs. They are ambassadors for their wild counterparts, raising funds for international tiger conservation programs through the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation.
What is a Tiger Presentation?
A Tiger Presentation is a chance for guests to see the natural behaviours of our tigers and learn about these behaviours with education talks by our experienced tiger handlers. The presentations are held every day at 12pm and 3.30pm and our tiger handlers are available throughout most of the day for any questions that guests’ may have.
Are the tigers at Dreamworld well looked after?
A world-class facility, Dreamworld’s Tiger Island is a unique educational and conservation precinct, where our tigers can roam around and interact with their handlers.
They receive the best veterinary and husbandry care by highly-trained staff at our leading zoological facility, inspected and approved by the RSPCA, the Zoo and Aquarium Association and the relevant Australian government authorities.
In the wild, tigers live an average of 10-12 years while at Tiger Island they can live up to their late teens or early 20s through good diet and specialised care from both their handlers and dedicated veterinary staff.
How many litters have been born at Dreamworld?
These two new cubs will be sixth litter born at Dreamworld’s Tiger Island since it opened in 1995. The cubs’ siblings include Dreamworld’s Adira and Akasha aged two years and Kai, aged two-and-a-half years.
When can we meet the cubs?
The cubs are currently in the nursery at Tiger Island, where guests can visit with them daily.
When will cub experiences be available?
We will be making an announcement about our interactive tiger cub experiences soon, so stay tuned!
Who are the cubs’ parents?
The cubs’ parents are Nika and Raja, both tigers have lived at Dreamworld since 2005.
Why did you have more cubs?
Dreamworld actively participates in the Global Species Management Program for Sumatran Tigers, working with zoos across the world to keep the Sumatran Tiger gene alive. There are only about 300 Sumatran Tigers left in the wild, including a small population in the forests of Kerinci Seblat in Sumatra where Dreamworld, through the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation, funds anti-poaching patrols.
Dreamworld carefully plans the number of tigers it maintains at Tiger Island based on our facilities, staff numbers and the genetic diversity of our tigers.
Dreamworld has partnerships with other accredited zoos worldwide to ensure a healthy population of tigers to help raise funds and awareness towards wild tiger conservation.
How long will they be in the nursery and will they eventually move to Tiger Island?
No date has been determined as yet but we will be sure to keep you updated on their movements in the coming months.