Zoo opens new cougar exhibit

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's newest exhibit featuring cougars is set to open to the public on Thursday.

The special exhibit, which is located just outside the Zoo's newest attraction, Night Hunters, will house the Zoo's two young cougars, "Tecumseh" and "Joseph," which were born on Sept. 19, 2010.

The new exhibit allows visitors to see the animals up close and personal. The display depicts the rocky habitats that cougars utilize in the wild, giving the brothers the opportunity to climb rocks and trees in addition to playing in a waterfall and splashing in a pool.

Cincinnati Zoo trainers have been working with the brothers since they were eight weeks old, training them to use the new exhibit space to highlight their amazing natural abilities like stalking their prey and jumping large distances.

Special demonstrations are planned each day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with the exception of Mondays and Thursdays.

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