female Amur Tiger briefly looks out into her new
enclosure inside Rosebrough Tiger Passage at the
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on June 2, 2016.
— Imagine coming face to face with a tiger and living to
tell the tale.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s new Rosebrough Tiger Passage
literally puts visitors smack dab in the middle of the
tiger exhibit to see the Amur tigers up close and
the old, moated, grotto-style exhibit where zoo guests had
to crane their necks to see the tigers snoozing off in the
distance, the new $4.1 million home for the majestic cats
puts the animals front and center and gives them plenty of
space to play.
inside the exhibit is almost like being inside the hamster
cage with the majority of the space left for the beasts to
roam instead of the guests. The new tiger habitat is five
times the size of the old exhibit.
panels separate the guests from the tigers and there are
caged tunnels overhead for them to roam from place to
place. Pieces of tape have been placed on the glass as the
tigers get used to having a window to the zoo.
of one space for the tigers, the new exhibit is actually
four different interconnected enclosures for them to
officials say the new spaces will also allow the tigers to
do what comes natural to them in the wild — whether that
be climbing, wandering through a meadow, walking through
shallow streams or soaking in pools. It may take some time
for the tigers to get used to their new digs and fully
explore the space.
coolest feature are the two tiger trails that allow the
cats to walk on paths over the heads of visitors below —
the only real danger for guests could come when nature
calls and the tiger is on the prowl over your head.
guests walk up a winding path to the new exhibit, they are
greeted by a series of signs that not only offer cool
facts about the tigers but also some sobering ones too
about the tigers’ struggle for survival with threats
from hunters and poachers and even development.
real stars of the attraction are the zoo’s two Amur
a female, was born at the Cleveland Zoo in 2001, and
Klechka, 12, a male, was born at the Toledo Zoo.
male tigers are 8 to 10 feet long including a 3-foot-long
tail. They can weigh anywhere from 450 to 675 pounds.
tigers are typically 8 feet long and can weigh 200 to 350
officials say an Amur tiger’s stripes are unique so
there are no two that are identical.
Amur tiger is now found only in the wild in the
Sikhote-Alin range in the Primorski and Khabarovsk
provinces in Russia with small pockets in the border area
of China and North Korea.
from poachers, zoo officials say, the tigers’ natural
heavily forested habitats are threatened by loggers,
miners and road construction.
as endangered by the International Union for Conservation
of Nature and Natural Resources, there are an estimated
540 left in the wild.
raise awareness of the threats to animal species, the
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has created a new website,
website also offers tips on how to avoid purchasing
products that threaten not only the endangered animals,
but also their habitats.
all begs the question whether an exhibit like this and a
website make a difference? With 1.1 million visitors a
year to the Cleveland Zoo alone — it is certainly a good
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