Free movie "The Tiger Next Door" to be hosted at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, Sunday Sept. 20.

Free movie “The Tiger Next Door” to be hosted at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, Sunday Sept. 20.

By Karen Ingram
Published: Friday, September 18, 2009

Updated: Friday, September 18, 2009

A free presentation of the documentary, “The Tiger Next Door,” is scheduled to be shown as part of Movies on the Grass at 8 p.m. this Sunday at the Sunset Zoological Park. The film examines the treatment and outlook for wild animals, especially tigers, kept as exotic pets.

The film focuses on a man in Indiana who has been breeding tigers for private use for years. According to the film, experts believe there are more tigers kept by private owners in the United States than there are in the wild.

Movies on the Grass has been bringing free movies to students and Manhattan citizens for five years. This year marks the first time films have been shown in off-campus locations.

Donna Schenck-Hamlin, assistant to the dean of grants at Hale Library and member of the Movies on the Grass committee, said she hopes this will encourage more non-student participation.

Allie Lousch, marketing director for the Sunset Zoo, suggested “The Tiger Next Door” for Movies on the Grass after being introduced to it by Scott Shoemaker, director of the Sunset Zoo.

Lousch said she was very concerned with the lack of resources and space available to tigers in private homes versus accredited zoos like the Sunset Zoo. She said she hoped this documentary would open some eyes to the issue and that many people would stay for the discussion group after the show.

“We’re really excited about it,” Lousch said.

Admission is free and accommodations have been made in case of rain. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to be more comfortable.

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