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Phoenix Zoo welcomes 3-year-old Sumatran tiger named Raja

May 17, 2022, 4:25 AM
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PHOENIX — The Phoenix Zoo has a new four-legged member in its family.

The zoo recently welcomed Raja, a male 3-year-old Sumatran tiger, from Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington.

“He was very calm on the trip to Phoenix and appears to have adjusted to his new surroundings quickly,” the zoo said in a press release.

The 312-pound Raja joins Joanne, a female, as the other Sumatran tiger at the zoo.

Joanne arrived in June 2021 from San Diego Safari Park. She spent about three months as the zoo’s only Sumatran tiger.

The Phoenix Zoo in February said goodbye to 17-year-old Jai, who was euthanized after suffering from chronic kidney disease.

Raja is getting used to the weather and the new habitat, so those wanting to see him are encouraged to go in the morning during the summer.

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Phoenix Zoo welcomes 3-year-old Sumatran tiger named Raja