Zoo to Expand Tiger Habitat After $500K Donation

Kendra, left, an Amur tiger at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, cuddles up to one of her cubs on Monday, October 3, 2011. (JENNA CUMBERS / METRO WINNIPEG FILE)
Kendra, left, an Amur tiger at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, cuddles up to one of her cubs on Monday, October 3, 2011. (JENNA CUMBERS / METRO WINNIPEG FILE)

An expanded Amur tiger enclosure is in the works at Assiniboine Park Zoo after a generous financial donation.

James Cohen and Linda McGarva-Cohen announced the $500,000 gift to the Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s (APC) Imagine a Place Campaign on Monday during a sod-turning at the zoo.

Construction will begin this month on the expansion of the current 2,900-square-foot Asian cat enclosure, boosting it to 26,000 square feet of mixed vegetation habitat in the northwest area of the zoo.

The enclosure will include a clay lined pool, naturally shaded areas under existing trees and large viewing windows for visitors. The new enclosure will also feature an area for positive reinforcement training sessions.

Construction is expected to be completed by late fall 2013.


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