After five years of unsuccessfully breeding at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, a male Sumatran tiger leaves Thursday for the Dallas Zoo to meet his new mate.
Java, 12, came to Tacoma in 2006 through a recommendation from the Sumatran tiger Species Survival Plan, which manages the population of more than 70 Sumatran tigers in North America.
There are less than 400 of the endangered animals left worldwide and zoo staff said they recognize the importance of breeding.
When he arrived, Java was paired with Jaya, a female tiger at Point Defiance, but the pairing was unsuccessful. Jaya later mated …