Zoo begins final expansion on Cat Canyon

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is closing its Tiger Canyon exhibit on Tuesday to begin construction on the final Cat Canyon expansion.

Set to open summer 2012, the expanded Cat Canyon will link the Night Hunters experience with the current Tiger Canyon exhibits and will include a watering hole for the tigers & an up-close viewing area.  There will also be a new facility for snow leopards, where the Zoo is planning to manage a breeding pair.

During construction, the area behind Night Hunters will close and the large cats that are currently on exhibit will be off display until Cat Canyon reopens. Part of the path that winds around the "Veldt" exhibit area will also be closed during construction.

Guests can visit the Zoo's website – www.cincinnatizoo.org – to see a map outlining the construction.  (Rhinos will remain on display during the construction but zebra, bongo and okapi will not.)

Tiger Canyon, originally named the Tiger Grotto, opened in 1934 with five tigers. This exhibit was among the first barless exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.  The tigers were a donation from Zoo Board Member and grocer B.H. Kroger.

The Cincinnati Zoo opens daily at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. as of Tuesday, September 6.  Admission prices are $14/adults, $10/children (2-12) and children under two are FREE. Parking is $8.

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