Photo courtesy Los Angeles Zoo.
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Zoo.

A 250-pound young Sumatran tiger named Castro Jr. has joined the Los Angeles Zoo, after living at the Sacramento Zoo, officials announced Thursday.

Nicknamed C.J, the nearly 2-year-old tiger was born March 3, 2013. He is a member of an endangered species, with fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild as the result of habitat destruction, poaching and being killed after coming into contact with their human neighbors.

Zoo Animal Keeper Stephanie Zielinski noted some traits that could make C.J. an eligible breeding bachelor at the Los Angeles Zoo, as well as a crowd favorite.

“C.J. is an incredibly well-natured and energetic tiger,” Zielinski said. “He has very distinct gold eyes, and he loves to swim in the different pools in his habitat.”

C.J. is a member of the smallest tiger subspecies, which hails from the Indonesian island of Sumatra. There are six subspecies of tigers in the world.

City News Service

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