We began observation of Berani, a male Sumatran tiger at the San Antonio Zoo, in 2008 due to intense stereotypical behavior.

He was extremely non-responsive to his environment, causing great concern to our staff, and his exhibit was antiquated and inappropriate for his species. After his mate, Malaya's, death in 2010, our observations increased. In 2012, he was relocated to the Akron Zoo, and then to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in 2013.

On November 19, 2015, Berani sired a female cub at the Jacksonville Zoo.


  • Berani was born on September 18, 2001, at the National Zoo.
  • In 2007, Berani mauled a zookeeper, leaving wounds on his head, leg, and arm.
  • From 2010-2016 Berani was the brand image of One World Conservation.
  • In 2012, Berani was transferred to the Akron Zoo in Ohio.
  • In December 2013, Berani was transferred to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Current Status

We were happy to report that since his arrival at the Akron Zoo, Berani had been doing wonderfully, placed in an exhibit that is much larger and more lush than his previous home at the San Antonio Zoo. He was interacting and responding quite actively to his environment.

We will be monitoring his progress at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and will update as needed, but we are excited to know that the zoo underwent a $9.5 million renovation of their tiger exhibit and that as of November 2015, he has sired a female cub.