It’s a big day for the big cats at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park. Officials reopened the refurbished mountain lion exhibit at the Watertown zoo.
The zoo’s two mountain lions, the male, Garnet, and the female, Boo, have been living separate lives in holding areas behind the exhibit since April.
Today the two big cats, and the public, are being introduced to the improved display. The habitat’s fencing has been replaced and a new viewing window installed.
Garnet was released into the habitat at about 9:45 AM. Boo was expected to be released sometime before noon.
Since the animals have been separated for several months zoo officials want to give the cats time to re-acclimate to the habitat individually.
Trainers say Garnet and Boo are excited to be moving back into the habitat.
Click the video icon for comments from Angela Baier, Executive Director of the New York State Zoo.