'Cat Canyon' opens this weekend at Cincinnati Zoo

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden opens its newest exhibit, Cat Canyon, this weekend.

Originally opened in 1934 as Tiger Grotto, major renovations will allow visitors to see some of the world's largest cats closer than ever before.  One of the highlights will feature a new viewing area that will allow guests to stand eye-to-eye with Malayan tigers, looking through 1.5 inch thick glass.

In addition to Malayan tigers, Cat Canyon will also feature white tigers and snow leopards in immersive exhibits.  The exhibit also features new viewing areas overlooking three new outdoor exhibits, waterfalls, new rock work, a wooden bridge, eye-to-eye viewing panes and lush play spaces for the animals.

The first phase of Cat Canyon opened August 4, 2011, and is home to the Zoo's two young Cougars, "Tecumseh" and "Joseph," born September 19, 2010.

Zoo members can get a sneak peak of Cat Canyon on Friday, June 29.

The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, June 30.

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