We're heartbroken by what's happened. To go from the excitement of the birth to this in three weeks is just devastating.
Melati can be a very nervous animal and we didn't want to risk putting her on edge by changing her surroundings or routines, in case she abandoned or attacked the cub.
At the time we thought it was in the best interests of Melati and her cub to allow her continued access to the full enclosure as normal.
We would do anything to turn back the clock, and nobody could be more upset about what's happened than the keepers who work with the tigers every day. They are devoted to those tigers and are distraught.
The first tiger cub to be born at London Zoo for 17 years has died. The cub was discovered on the edge of the pool inside the tigers' enclosure. Five-year-old Sumatran tiger Melati gave birth to the cub two weeks ago, with the event captured on hidden cameras in the den.
Keepers at London Zoo raised the alarm in the early hours of Saturday morning after they noticed that they could not see the cub on the den cameras. The zoo spokeswoman said a post-mortem examination carried out on Sunday confirmed the cub had drowned
London Zoo have welcomed their first tiger cub in seventeen years, after five year old Sumatran tiger Melati gave birth to a cub on Sunday evening.
The cub was born in the Zoo's "Tiger Territory" after a six-minute labour.
Zookeeper Paul Kybett said everyone at the zoo was "over the moon" about the birth.
"It's still very early days, so we're leaving Melati to take care of her adorable baby, and our cameras allow us to watch them both from a distance. So far she's proving to be a doting mum," he said.
The first tiger cub to be born at London Zoo in 17 years is doing well and being looked after by his "doting" mother in a special pen.Read the full story ›
Hundreds of tiny endangered tree-snails will be reintroduced to their former Polynesian home following the incredible success of an international breeding programme led by ZSL London Zoo.
Three species of Partula snail, Partula affinis, Partula nodosa, and Partula hyalina, which were bred at ZSL London Zoo and other partner zoos around the world, will be released on to the island of Tahiti in October after a nearly 30 year absence.
ZSL London Zoo invertebrate keeper and coordinator of the international Partula studbook, Don McFarlane, along with staff from Bristol and Edinburgh Zoos, will be escorting the precious cargo of snails to Tahiti, where they will be released into a protected reserve in their native forest habitat.
Stunning pictures entered into the ZSL Animal Photography Prize are now showing at London Zoo.Read the full story ›
A stunning shot of a turtle gliding through the sea and the breathtaking image of an ant carrying a leaf ten times its size.
That's just two of the mesmerising pictures entered into the ZSL Animal Photography Prize now showing at London Zoo.
The competition is held every year to inspire amateur and professional photographers to get out and capture the magic of the natural world.
This wriggling Waxmonkey frog was among the species weighed at London Zoo today. He was 40g - a tenth of the size of the African Bullfrog.
Measuring Sumatran tiger Jae Jae was particularly trying for staff at London Zoo. They coaxed her to standing height with meat - managing to get a very brief measurement on their huge ruler. She came out at 6ft 6inches in her annual check-up.