AKRON -- The Akron Zoo has welcomed a second endangered Sumatran tiger, which is now on exhibit.
Berani joins Jae-Jae who has been at the Akron Zoo since 2009. The Akron Zoo says both will not be on exhibit at the same time because tigers are solitary animals by nature and each are males. When not on exhibit they will be outside in the zoo's off exhibit holding or in their indoor exhibit.
Sumatran tigers are indigenous to the Indonesia island of Sumatra and there are less than 300 in the wild. Deforestation and poaching are the critical challenges facing these tigers in the wild.
Currently there are only five subspecies of tigers that exist in the wild: Bengal, Indochinese, Amur, Malayan and Sumatran. The South China tiger is thought to be extinct in the wild, but some do remain in captivity in Chinese zoos. The Caspian, Javan and Bali tigers are all extinct. It has been estimated that as few as 3,500 total tigers remain in the wild.
Berani is the latest addition to the Akron Zoo, which is also set to debut "Journey to the Reef," a new aquatic exhibit, on May 26.
Photos: Akron Zoo's new Journey to the Reef