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  • We're the Irwin's.

  • And this is Australia Zoo.

  • Our dad Steve, built this zoo

  • to protect our world wildlife.

  • Today, we strive to carry on his mission.

  • So come with us, this is Wild Times.

  • This is Reggie, and he's one

  • of our amazing Sumatran Tigers.

  • Sumatran Tigers are actually one

  • of the smallest of the Tiger species.

  • He's only about 105 kilos at the moment which is about 230 pounds

  • but he will get quite a lot larger.

  • They are very powerful animals,

  • they've got those big front arms,

  • that beautiful striped coloration.

  • Now that really helps for camouflage.

  • They are the perfect camouflage predator.

  • Tigers being an apex predator, obviously,

  • top of the food chain in their environment.

  • Very, very powerful animals.

  • A cat can bring down a prey

  • three times it's own body weight.

  • Canine teeth about this long, as you can probably imagine.

  • In saying that though, they are obviously

  • are very, very affectionate animals.

  • You know, they raise their young

  • like any other mammal would.

  • They're very stealthy.

  • They've obviously got the stripes

  • to break up their body outline.

  • Put it this way, if you're in a forest with a tiger,

  • you wouldn't see one until it was too late.

  • Unfortunately, they are endangered.

  • There's only about 400 left in the wild, but finally,

  • we're starting to see an increase in population.

  • Wild tiger populations, unfortunately,

  • are facing a number of threats.

  • Human-tiger conflict, is a huge one.

  • Logging of forests for farmland

  • and for timber, and also through poaching.

  • Unfortunately they're being poached

  • every single day for their bones and body parts.

  • So we are very fortunate to be supported

  • by Wildlife Warriors here at Australia Zoo.

  • That charity puts money straight back

  • into the tiger protection and conservation units.

  • Those guys really are at the forefront

  • of saving one of the most endangered animals

  • in the world, the Sumatran Tiger.

  • Crikey, crikey, crikey.

  • Crikey has many different uses.

  • It can be wow, like crikey, something amazing just happened.

  • Or it can be complete disbelief.

  • Crikey, something really weird just occurred.

  • Or it can be crikey, if you're really scared,

  • like somethings about to get you.

  • Crikey!

  • So it can have many different uses.

  • This is Ravi the red panda.

  • Isn't he cute?

  • He's only three years old and his likes

  • are fruit, fruit, and fruit.

  • These guys are found in the Himalayas, near Nepal

  • and China and they live from about 5,000 feet

  • to about 15,000 feet in the foothills.

  • They are known to eat bamboo, but they also eat

  • all kinds of fruits and eggs and birds and lizards.

  • That's what panda means, hey?

  • It is, bamboo eater.

  • So it's funny, 'cause a lot of people think that red pandas

  • are like giant pandas, - Yeah.

  • But they're really not.

  • No, in fact, they're not related to pandas at all.

  • Isn't that amazing?

  • But if you look at his little face,

  • see how he's got kind of a mask?

  • So people think oh, maybe he's actually related

  • to raccoons, but he's not in the Procyonidae family at all,

  • he's actually in the Ailuridae family.

  • Oh, that's a good, that's your word of the day.

  • Yes, which drives scientists crazy,

  • because he's kind of not related to anything.

  • Their feet actually have this amazing, sock-like, feature.

  • And that's because they have little fur underneath

  • their feet as well, so they never get cold

  • when they're in those freezing temperatures of the Himalayas, so it's like

  • they're always wearing a little sock.

  • And it's amazing that they can climb,

  • essentially wearing bunny slippers.

  • Course, here at Australia zoo it's actually the subtropics

  • so we had our wonderful zoo artist

  • build him a log that looks like a log,

  • but it's tricky, because inside--

  • It's air conditioned.

  • It's air conditioned.

  • Which is pretty awesome.

  • So the irony is--

  • Ravi usually just goes up a tree and lays in the shade

  • and we keep catching the keepers in the log--

  • - Yeah. - On hot days.

  • He never uses it.

  • Keepers love it.

  • Most of Australia's 140 marsupial species

  • are found nowhere else on the planet.

  • You're not a marsupial.

  • Next week on wild times.

  • Thank you for keeping watch over all of us.

  • I feel very safe.

  • I feel like I'm in good hands.

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