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"Tigers About the House" on BBC Earth

Photo Credit: BBC Earth

Photo Credit: BBC Earth

At Brisbane’s Australia Zoo one man is raising a very different family – two Sumatran tiger cubs.

British born Giles Clark heads up the exotic carnivores section at Australia Zoo. He has travelled the world expanding his knowledge of tigers living in captivity and has made considerable conservation efforts to protect them in the wild.

Now, he’s taking on an even bigger challenge – he’s taking home two Sumatran tiger cubs and bringing them up with his own family. Born in August 2013, the cubs are the first in the zoo’s 43 year history.

The Sumatran tiger is highly endangered and Spot and Stripe, the two cubs, will be essential in helping to raise awareness about the plight of their wild cousins. They will also contribute to a vitally important international breeding programme. But before any of this can happen, they have to grow up.

Tigers About the House follows this fascinating story from the lead up to the birth of the cubs, through the challenges and exciting milestones of their first year and the moment when they leave home – and their lives change forever.

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