If you love cats and I'm talking really big cats, The Little Rock Zoo invites the public to celebrate Global Tiger Day on July 30, 2022.

Global Tiger Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness for tiger conservation by encouraging the protection of tigers and their natural habitats. A safe habitat for tigers also provides a safe habitat for other species. Working for a future where people and tigers can coexist peacefully is a goal of Global Tiger Day.

Tiger Day is celebrated typically on July 29, but this year the Little Rock Zoo will celebrate it on Saturday, July 30, 2022, so that more visitors can participate in the day's activities. The Zoo has celebrated Global Tiger Day for many years and has a very special reason to celebrate this year. Jaya, our male tiger, came to Little Rock from the Jacksonville Zoo in February 2022 as a recommendation of the Tiger Species Survival Plan to breed with our female, Asmara. The Zoo is excited to announce that the ultrasound has confirmed Asmara is expecting cubs in early August.

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Credit, Little Rock Zoo

This is Asmara's first pregnancy, and Jaya will be a first-time father.

Global Tiger Day Activities

  • 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Informational tables with tiger craft activities at Big Cats
  • 11:00 AM Asmara's baby shower with special enrichment for her and Jaya at Big Cats
  • Cake and refreshments will be available for attendees (while supplies last.)

Other activities will include keepers on-hand to answer questions, videos of Asmara's ultrasound, photo ops with large tiger cut-outs, tiger tattoos, and other tiger-themed games and fun.

All activities are included with regular Zoo admission. Guests are invited to bring gifts for Asmara's shower, her gift registry will be made available soon on the Zoo's website and Facebook page.

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For more information on Little Rock Zoo, visit littlerockzoo.com or call 501-661-7208.

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