The six cubs include two sets of triplets -- three Malayan cubs, which have never been exhibited at the Bronx Zoo, and three Amur tigers, the last litter of which was born at the zoo more than a decade ago.
All of the Amur cubs are male; one is named Julian, another Josie and the third will be named soon. The Malayan litter yielded one female cub named Claiborne and two male cubs, one named Pepino and another who will be named by the zoo's wild animal keepers.
The arrival of the cubs brings a new dynamic to Tiger Mountain. For the first time, zoo-goers will see Amur and Malayan tigers in adjacent exhibits, allowing them to compare the notable size and coloration differences between the two subspecies.
"The opportunity to be present and watch as these majestic creatures mature from playful cubs to awe-inspiring adults is an experience every New Yorker will enjoy," said Jim Breheny, WCS's Senior Vice President of Living Institutions and Director of the Bronx Zoo.
Tigers are a critically endangered species with fewer than 3,500 remaining in the wild – only 1,000 of which are breeding females, according to a zoo spokesman.