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October 24, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Woodland Park Zoo gets $1M for tiger and bear exhibit

The Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences has given the Woodland Park Zoo $1 million to create a new tiger and Asian bear exhibit.

As part of the zoo’s $21 million Asian Tropical Forest fundraising mission, the new exhibit will replace the 60-year-old building that the zoo said is critically endangering tigers and Asian bears at the zoo.

The new exhibit will give the animals an environment that evokes the lush forests of tropical Asia.

Under the design plans, visitors will see tigers “stalk” prey as they chase a lure line that runs the length of the exhibit. The big cats will be able to climb trees to retrieve snacks, nap under the roots of a tropical tree and splash in a shallow pool.

The zoo’s campaign has a goal of $80 million and, since its launch in March, has reached 82 percent of the goal.

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