Moncton zoo begins search for a new tiger
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 4, 2008 9:52 AM AT
Moncton’s Magnetic Hill Zoo is launching a fundraising campaign to find a replacement for its deceased mascot Tomar.
Tomar, Magnetic Hill’s famous tiger, was euthanized in 2007.
CBC Zookeeper Bruce Dougan said about $1 million will need to be raised to help cover the cost of upgrading the large cat exhibit before a new animal can be acquired.
“You know the exhibit Tomar lived in his entire life was adequate 20 years ago, but it’s no longer adequate for those types of species,” Dougan said.
Dougan said the new area will include four sleeping spaces as well as an outdoor exhibit.
The new facility would be able to accommodate several animals, Dougan said, and the zoo won’t likely just be purchasing a new tiger.
The zoo is also considering the endangered Amur leopard, Dougan said. The animal is considered the rarest subspecies of leopard in the world with less than 40 currently in existence.
It will take about three years to raise the money and build the new facility, Dougan said.
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