Arusha, Akbar, & Kumar came to IEAS in order to help another sanctuary avoid licensing problems. They were raised by our Behaviorist, Louis, and the IEAS staff from 5 weeks old. We raised these cubs using our unique Emotional Enrichment Program. It was because of this, that these three tigers are some of the most affectionate, confident and secure tigers at IEAS and perhaps anywhere else. In nine years, they have not shown any aggressive action whatsoever towards any human. They frequently shower Louis with chuffs, rubs and licks. He spends three days a week sitting and visiting with them and occasionally lying with them under their cedar tree shade area. You won't see a tiger like them anywhere else. They had a care-free childhood and were, and still are, able to act like tigers. In addition, they show great affection towards each other and lay together daily grooming each other and going to sleep with their paws around each other, even though tigers are solitary animals in the wild. They enjoy a spacious habitat with a big pool, trees, perches and many enrichment items to play with. We just wish all our animals had this kind of beginning--physically and emotionally. Arusha was named by the Stevenson Foundation who generously donated funds needed to build her habitat.
Arusha means "Bright like Sunlight". Arusha is smaller than her two brothers; however, this does not impede her when it comes to playing. She can play just as rough as the boys and is usually the instigator. When they are not playing, she will lay beside her brothers under the cedar tree and groom them. Her favorite enrichment items are her big 31" boomer balls. She enjoys lying on top of the ball and licking it a while before trying to pull it in and out of their pool. If you have ever tried to move one of these large boomer balls, you know the strength required to pick them up. She is very independent and often engages in activity separate from her siblings.