Three Malayan tiger cubs -- two males, one female -- were born at Busch Gardens in Tampa on March 31. The animals are part of an endangered species -- about 500 Malayan tigers survive in the wild, and only in southern Thailand and the Malay Peninsula, the park says.
The newborns are the offspring of mother Bzui and father Mata, who are backstage with their firstborns, where there are being monitored by Busch Gardens' animal-care team. The cubs will start being introduced to the park's Jungala area in about a month.
The births are in conjuction with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan.