The tigress and her cubs feasting in Central Park

This bronze statue near the entrance to the Central Park Zoo pulls no punches. “Tigress and Cubs” depicts a mother cat devouring a peacock, her cubs eager for a bite.


Designed by French animalier August Nicholas Cain, it’s one of the oldest statues in Central Park and was presented to park officials in 1867 by 12 prominent New Yorkers.

The only big cats at the zoo now are the snow leopards. But for years, the zoo was home to tigers, lions, cheetahs, and even a tiglon and a liger, the offspring of tiger-lion combos.

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2 Responses to “The tigress and her cubs feasting in Central Park”

  1. gpcox Says:

    I haven’t been back to NY in many years, it’s great to see pictures of her at least.

  2. Walk About New York Says:

    A very power work in bronze. Thanks. I must get a closer look when the weather warms.

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