In what may just be the most adorable news in Gold Coast history, two tiger cubs were born at Dreamworld a few weeks ago and, as of right now, you can go stare at their fluffy little faces while repeatedly needing to remind yourself why tigers don’t make good pets.
The pair, Melati and Mya, who were officially named today (February 13th) weigh only 3.66 and 3.36 kilos respectively and are still just learning to walk (bless).
Melati is an Indonesian name meaning ‘Jasmine flower’ and Mya is a name with many origins essentially meaning ‘beloved’ or ‘great’. Which they clearly both are.
The wee babes have now been relocated from post-natal care to Tiger Island’s ‘up close’ nursery den where the aforementioned staring at fluffy faces will take place.
Due to poaching and deforestation, it is estimated there are less than 4,000 tigers in the world today and that, friends, is devastating.
The Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation has contributed over $2 million toward tiger conservation programs since their launch in 2012. Which is why (besides the fact that there are TIGER CUBS on the Gold Coast) you need to get down there and tell all your pals to do the same.
Dreamworld’s tiger team (not the technical term) provide funding to organisations such as Wild Cats, Fauna and Flora International and The Phoenix Fund who police the jungles to find and destroy traps and track and arrest poachers.
Interactive tiger cub experiences, including photos with the little loves and walks around the park, are expected to be available in March – just in time for the Commonwealth Games.
As parents of human babies say, they don’t stay little for long, and right now they are the size of a large cat (like a domestic cat obviously) but without all the anger and entitlement issues.
Mostly the cubs just sleep and eat, which is the dream quite frankly, but it’s not every day you get to see a baby tiger, so get there before they grow into, you know, animals that can fit your whole head in their mouths.
What a time to be a Gold Coaster.
LOCATION: Dreamworld, Dreamworld Parkway, Upper Coomera
HOURS: 10am to 5pm daily
Words and photo by Kirra Smith