Sita, Dreamworld’s 18-year-old female tiger, has passed away as a result of kidney failure.
The eldest member of the theme park’s Tiger Island family, Sita lived significantly longer than most tigers in the wild, who usually live for between 10 and 12 years.
As a result of her age, Sita suffered kidney failure and was unable to eat food. She did not respond to treatment, and after consultation with an external specialist feline veterinarian, Sita, who was in significant pain, was put to sleep.
One of the famed ‘Awesome Pawsome’ born at the park’s Tiger Island attraction in 1998. Sita’s sibling, Rama, is now the only one of the four original tigers who remains at the park.
“Sita had an incredibly caring nature and was always the first of our tigers to be introduced to any new cubs here at Dreamworld,” said Al Mucci, the park’s general manager of life sciences.
“Sita has been a phenomenal ambassador for the plight of the endangered wild tiger, with contributions from her tiger walks and guest photos going directly to funding tiger conservation efforts throughout the world.
“Dreamworld has raised more than $2 million dollars for endangered tigers worldwide, through the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation. This money is supporting conservation activities, such as anti-poaching programs, forest patrols and regenerative programs, which are giving the wild tiger a real chance at a future.”