Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Land of the Tiger' at the Zoo

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Land of the Tiger' at the Zoo

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Byline: David Crumpler

Work continues on the new digs for the five tigers at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. If all goes as planned, they can expect to roam the Land of the Tiger exhibit before the scheduled opening the second weekend in March.

Workers were busy constructing the future home of the tigers and other Asian animals during a recent behind-the-scenes tour conducted by Dan Maloney, the zoo's deputy director of conservation and education.

Though mud, dust and concrete define much of the $9.5 million exhibit at the moment, plans call for a lush, green environment with a fortified trail system that wraps around and through the area. Visitors will be able to view the tigers on the trail - a portion of which will be elevated - and in their enclosures.

The Land of the Tiger is a 2.5-acre expansion of the zoo's current Asia exhibit, which began in 2009 with the Asian Bamboo Gardens and the Komodo Dragon Exhibit. It will feature three Malayan tigers and two Sumatran tigers, as well as Visayan warty pigs and babirusa pigs, Asian small-clawed otters and wreathed hornbills. …

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