Sumatran Tiger Cubs Birthday Was Celebrated in Auckland Zoo

The first birthday of three Sumatran Tiger Cubs was celebrated in Auckland Zoo on Saturday, 13 June 2009. Auckland Zoo officially asked the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington to be one of co-sponsors of the event. The Indonesian Embassy facilitated the performance of Dr. Joko Susilo, an Indonesian puppet master who teach at the University of Otago in Dunedin. Dr. Susilo's show was accompanied by West Sumatran music performed by Dr. Megan Collins from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand School of Music. Thousands of visitors came to the zoo to see the Birthday celebration of the three Tiger Cubs, Jalur, Berani(boys) and Cinta (girl). Today, Auckland Zoo has five Sumatran Tigers in total including Oz (Father) and Molek (Mother). Third Secretary of the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington Murdi Primbani on behalf of the Embassy handed over the book "50 Years Diplomatic Relations Indonesia - New Zealand" to Mr. Jonathan Wilcken, Director of Auckland Zoo as a token of appreciation to the cooperation between the Indonesian Embassy and the Zoo. In 2007, the Indonesian Embassy and Auckland Zoo successfully returned a protected animal from Indonesia which has been smuggled to New Zealand. Ambassador of Indonesia Amris Hassan has expressed his support to the birthday celebration of the Sumatran Tiger Cubs as part of the Embassy's commitment to promote Indonesian fauna in New Zealand.