LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – There are two new residents at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and we've been told they're some pretty cool cats.
This week, Disney guests will be able to catch their first glimpse of 4-month-old tiger cubs Anala and Jeda. The two cubs are the first to be born inside the park, and after earning their stripes for the past couple of months, the brother and sister will finally be visible to parkgoers this week.
The park prepared nearly three years for the arrival of these two tiger cubs. It created a backstage play area where the cubs could learn to swim and climb before being placed into the Maharajah Jungle Trek habitat.
Anala and Jeda are Sumatran tigers, which is a critically endangered species. In fact, there are fewer than 500 of these tigers left in the wild. Disney's Species Survival Plan breeding program works to ensure a healthy population of endangered animals.