Cincinnati Zoo, Bengals team up to save the cats

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Zoo and Cincinnati Bengals have teamed up to support big cat conservation in celebration of the Zoo's newest exhibit, Cat Canyon, which opens June 30.

Zoo fans and Bengals season ticket holders were each given the opportunity to name the Zoo's newest animals, two Malayan tigers, as part of the celebration. The Zoo fans chose "Taj" while the Bengals season ticket holders chose "Who Dey" for the names of the two five-year-old male brother tigers.

You can also A.D.O.P.T. Taj and Who Dey as part of the partnership. A.D.O.P.T., which stands for "Animals Depend On People Too," costs $65 and provides food, toys, and other items to the tigers. The package also includes a custom certificate, tiger fact sheet, tiger plus toy, and a Cincinnati Bengals decal. Those who choose to A.D.O.P.T. the tigers will also be entered into a drawing for the Cincinnati Bengals Experience which includes a tour of Paul Brown Stadium, a merchandise prize pack, an autographed football, and more.

"The Cincinnati Zoo has always been invested in big cat education and conservation," said Thane Maynard, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.  "But now, with this beautiful new exhibit that showcases their natural ability and through the support of our hometown Cincinnati Bengals, we're able to reach a broader audience and really address the challenges facing big cat populations throughout the world while educating our visitors and giving them tangible opportunities to make a difference at home and abroad."

The Cincinnati Zoo is open daily at 9 a.m. Admission prices are $15/adults, $10/children (2-12) and children under two are FREE. Parking is $8. For more information, visit

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