Atlanta zoo tiger heads for Washington | News
ATLANTA -- Kavi, a Sumatran tiger at Atlanta's zoo, is making a new home in Washington.
The 11-year-old male left Zoo Atlanta Wednesday for the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C.
Kavi's move was encouraged by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Tiger Species Survival Plan, which has recommended that he pair with a female at the National Zoo. The Atlanta zoo says his transfer is important for the continued success of the captive population of his critically endangered species. There are believed to be fewer than 300 of them in the wild.
Zoo Atlanta is a breeding institution for Sumatran tigers. Kavi fathered two cubs last summer with Chelsea, his 8-year-old mate in Atlanta.