Palm Beach County, don those tiger stripes and tail this Saturday, March 7, for the official dedication of the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society’s tiger habitat, Tiger River. The new habitat, part of the larger Kimelman Malayan Tiger Habitat, doubled the sized of the exhibitory, which was sorely in need. Especially since the inclusion of Bumi, a four-year-old Malayan tiger from Tampa’s Lowry Zoo in December, adding the Palm Beach Zoo’s existing tigers: Keemasan Mata (nine-year-old male), Berapi Api (11-year-old female) and Angin (four-year-old male).
Construction began on Tiger River at the beginning of 2014, with Berapi Api first being introduced at the end of the year. As an extension of Tiger Falls, Tiger River includes a waterfall feature, lazy river, night houses and a maternity room to help with the zoo’s participation in the AZA’s Species Survival Plan for Malayan tigers.
Saturday’s festivities will mark the exhibits official grand opening and dedication ceremony, complete with the largest gathering of “tigers” in Florida—zoo guests will be able to get their faces painted or don masks to join the striped fun. Things begin at 9 a.m., with the dedication ceremony happening at 11 a.m. Show your stripes and be part of history.
- Admission to the zoo costs $19 for adults, $13 for children. For more information, visit palmbeachzoo.org.