WACO (August 8, 2012)-Three Sumatran tiger cubs, born at Cameron Park Zoo in April, will be on display Wednesday.
The cubs, whose specie population is declining, have been taken care of by their mother and the help of zookeepers, after the mother rejected her first litter.
A spokesperson with the zoo said although it is unusual to allow another pairing so soon after an animal has given birth, Maharani, the cubs' mother, showed signs of stress after being separated from her mate, Kucing.
The Species Survival Plan, which makes breeding recommendations, advised that Maharani not be fitted with a birth control implant because she is in her reproductive prime and her bloodline is important to the future of Sumatran tigers.
The pregnancy that resulted gave her another chance to care for her young.
The cubs, which are currently nameless, have developed a strong bond with their mother and are strong enough to navigate the exhibit yard, zoo officials said.
Zookeepers wanted to make sure that the cubs grew to a size where they could get out of a deep pool, if necessary, which is located inside the exhibit yard.
Because of the mother's rejection to her first litter, zookeepers will need to shift six tigers to the public exhibit yard and the off exhibit day yard at alternating times.
Zookeepers plan to keep the schedule flexible with Maharani and her cubs to have access to the public exhibit yard in the mornings.
The adult male and two cubs from the previous litter will have access to the yard on alternating afternoons.
Zookeepers say if the schedule becomes problematic, the setup may change.
Visitors to the zoo are encouraged to call ahead or check out their Facebook Page to find out which tigers are on exhibit.
Cameron Park Zoological Society members will vote on the cubs' names and announce them on Monday.
Sumatran tigers, the smallest subspecies of tigers, generally live for 12 years and have a conservation status of critically endangered, zookeepers said.