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Old Posted Jun 17, 2013, 4:42 PM
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Zoo's tigers will get more room to roam
By: Bartley Kives Posted: 10:54 AM

The Assiniboine Park Zoo is building a new Amur tiger enclosure that will give the endangered cats about nine times more living space.

Work will begin this summer on a 26,000-square-foot Amur tiger enclosure that will connect to an existing 2,900-square-foot space for the large felines, which are also known as Siberian tigers.

The $350,000 enclosure, which should be completed this fall, will include a pond and existing trees that will provide cover for the tigers, said Don Peterkin, chief operations officer for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, the non-profit organization that runs Assiniboine Park

The enclosure is part of a larger $1-million expansion of the Asian cats area at the zoo. The plan is to build two other new enclosures to increase living and breeding space for Asian lions as well, Peterkin said.

A total of $120 million in renovations are underway or planned for Assiniboine Park Zoo as part of a broader, $200-million reconstruction of Winnipeg's largest park.

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More good news,with expansion, better conditions and overall animal welfare.
Cudos to the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, for turning our zoo and park into an exceptional gem!
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