Get your white flag ready because this is just too much to handle. You won’t just be killed by cuteness – you will be completely slaughtered by it. For the first time in five years, The Mirage will debut four wittle bitty tiger cubs that are so adorbs they make us use super annoying words to describe them.
Starting at noon on Saturday, September 12, six-week-old Liberty, Maharani, Hirah and Justice will be on display in a specially-designed nursery in Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. Born to doting dad Svengali and adoring mama Indira on August 5, they are the newest additions and residents to The Mirage family.
Home to exotic cats like white tigers, lions and leopards, the Secret Garden is a lush, tropical environment with some of the rarest cats on the planet. The facility, which opened in 1990, is the dream of legendary magicians Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, better known to millions as Siegfried & Roy. For decades, the duo has worked to help save endangered animals, primarily white tigers and lions.
“Without Siegfried & Roy’s conservation efforts, we would not be able to offer guests of The Mirage this unique and informative experience,” said Franz Kallao, vice president of hotel operations for The Mirage. “We are excited to welcome these four lovable tiger cubs to their new home at the Secret Garden.”
The cubs will be on display daily from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (subject to change) and are now permanent residents on the Las Vegas Strip. And the best part? They’ve got their own Twitter and Instagram pages so animal lovers from across the globe have 24-hour access to their insanely sweet playtime, naptime or anything else they choose to do for that matter. Carry on slaying us with your good looks and do-no-wrong existence little love muffins, we adore you.
Check out the FAQ with the Secret Garden’s staff below:
How old are the cubs?
The cubs were born August 5, 2015.
What are their names?
- Liberty, a pure white female
- Maharani, a striped-white female
- Hirah, a striped-golden female
- Justice, a light golden boy
The new clan has been dubbed the #SARMOTIcubs after the world-renowned magicians’ SARMOTI Foundation, which is dedicated to protect, conserve and preserve endangered and threatened animals globally, with particular focus on the big cats: tigers, lions, cheetahs, panthers and leopards.
How many males / how many females?
3 females (white, striped white and golden striped) / 1 male (golden)
Are they all from one litter?
Who are their parents?
Mom is Indira (White)/ Dad is Svengali (gold Striped)
Where were they born?
They were born here at Secret Garden nursery.
How big will they get?
They may reach a weight of over 500 pounds.
When will they be full grown?
The cubs may reach their full size at about 3 to 5 years. However; after that they will continue to fill out their weight.
What causes the color variations?
The white color is a result of a rare recessive gene. They are not considered albinos. It is similar to a person with blond hair and hazel eyes. The cubs have the recessive trait that gives them this coloring which is the result of less pigmentation not the absence of pigmentation. Having this trait is a disadvantage in the wild as it makes them less able to camouflage. This is why the trait is so rare in the wild.
Will you be doing photos with the cubs?
Our commitment is to conservation and education. There are no plans to have photographs with the cubs; however, you may visit our Cashman Photo booth and have your photo magically placed with one of our tigers or lions.
Will they be kept together as they grow?