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A Sumatran tiger is leaving Tacoma for the Los Angeles Zoo

Sumatran tiger sisters Kirana, Dari and Indah.
Sumatran tiger sisters Kirana, Dari and Indah. Courtesy of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

One of the Sumatran tiger triplets is leaving Tacoma next month to make a home at the Los Angeles Zoo, and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is giving her a proper send-off this weekend.

Indah was selected to mate with a male tiger through the Species Survival Plan, so she’ll be saying goodbye to her sisters, Dari and Kirana, who will remain in Tacoma..

“Although the triplets have formed a close bond growing up together, they’re also reaching the point in adolescence where each is showing signs of wanting her own space,” staff biologist Telena Welsh said. “It’s natural for them to begin growing apart.”

The endangered tigers were born Oct. 8, 2014.

Zookeepers will provide special enrichments and toys for the triplets at 12:30 p.m. each day this weekend at the Waterfall Exhibit in the Asian Forest Sanctuary.

Visitors also can hear zookeepers give talks about the tigers and the perils Sumatran tigers face in the wild.

Fewer than 300 Sumatran tigers are believed to be living on their native island of Sumatra.

In addition to Dari and Kirana, Point Defiance Zoo is home to two other Sumatran tigers who were born here. Dumai is nearly 4 and his sister, Kali, is 3.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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