Tuttle’s safari park adds new tiger, center
BY JENNIFER GRISWOLD The Oklahoman
Published: January 4, 2010
TUTTLE — Tiger Safari, an interactive exotic animal park in Tuttle, continues to expand with more exhibits and animals coming in 2010.
Park director Bill Meadows’ dream of building the park started more than a decade ago. Meadows opened the park in 2003 and has continued adding animals and buildings to the 45-acre zoo.
“It’s really coming together,” he said.
A welcome center and banquet hall were completed last month. Construction is wrapping up on a new education center and bed and breakfast, scheduled for completion in February.
Meadows also recently added to his animal collection. He acquired a snow tiger named Ajhi this fall.
The tiger, a 1-year-old male, has been acclimating to his new surroundings for the past few weeks and made his public debut earlier this month.
“It’s a huge exhibit for the park,” he said. “He’s still a cub, but he’s already trained and leash broken.”
Meadows plans to add more exotic animals next year, including cheetahs and giraffes.
Meadows, an Oklahoma City firefighter, built the park with his wife, Melissa. Tiger Safari has more than 140 animals, including lions, bears, leopards, kangaroos and monkeys.
Visitors can tour the park year-round. Donations and admission fees help pay for the care and feeding of the animals at the zoological park.
Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children.
The park currently is observing winter hours, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Private tours or educational field trips can be scheduled during the week.
Regular weekday hours at the zoological park will resume when the weather warms up in the spring.
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