A New Cat in Town Meet Jingga: The Louisville Zoo’s Newest Sumatran Tiger (Media Release)

ZOO CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
502-238-5331 (Media Cell 502-744-5639)

Meet Jingga. This 11-year-old female Sumatran tiger is the Louisville Zoo’s newest addition. She comes to Louisville from the Topeka Zoo in Kansas. Jingga has completed her quarantine and is adjusting to her new spaces well. She weighs in at 190 lbs. Her keepers say that she seems to enjoy water a lot, so if guests see a tiger in the streams at Islands it is most likely Jingga.

Jingga will be on exhibit in the Islands multi-species rotational exhibit in rotation with Leela, another female Sumatran tiger, orangutans, tapirs, siamangs and babirusa.

About Sumatran Tigers

Sumatran Tigers are listed as critically endangered on the International Union of Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species due to habitat loss from the expansion of palm oil plantations. It is estimated that there are fewer than 400 in the remnant wild.

Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the tiger subspecies and are found only on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Females can weigh between 165 and 245 and males between 220 and 310 pounds.

The Zoo is open daily year-round. Spring/summer hours are 10 a.m. ─ 5 p.m. (stay until 6 p.m.). The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.


About the Louisville Zoo

Since 2011, under Mayor Fischer’s administration, the Louisville Zoo celebrated its 50th anniversary, opened nine new exhibits and attractions, and won national awards for Glacier Run and School at the Zoo. Considered Kentucky’s most popular not-for-profit paid attraction, the Zoo welcomed nearly 9 million guests in the last decade. In 2021, the Zoo was voted “Best Place to Take Kids in Summer,” by LEO Weekly, “Best Kid-Friendly Attraction” by Kentucky Living Magazine and Boo at the Zoo made the Top 10 Halloween Festivals list by thetravel.com. Community Access Memberships, deep-discount days, the Future Healers Got Zoo Buddies partnership and the accessible playground are among prime efforts to make Louisville Zoo even safer, more engaging, and more inclusive. Among the Louisville Zoo’s most successful conservation programs, the black-footed ferret breeding effort produced 1,100 kits and repatriated more than 800 of these most highly endangered, American mammals to the wild.

The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state Zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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