Seneca Park Zoo hosting just one white tiger for summer

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Seneca Park Zoo hosting just one white tiger for summer

By Linda Quinlan, staff writer
Irondequoit Post
Posted May 16, 2009 @ 08:02 AM

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Irondequoit, N.Y. — A pregnancy will keep one of two white tigers expected to be visiting Monroe County’s Seneca Park Zoo this summer home.

County Executive Maggie Brooks announced today that the zoo will be the temporary home for just one male white tiger this summer.

In announcing the zoo’s 2009 visiting summer animal earlier this year, two white tigers had been identified for the exhibit.

“We have been notified that the female white tiger, which we had expected
to accompany the male white tiger, is pregnant and unable to travel,” Brooks explained.

Given the community excitement associated with the white tiger exhibit,
cancellation was ruled out, she said. Additionally, there would not be enough time to locate another compatible pair of white tigers, Brooks said, without jeopardizing the exhibit’s planned opening in time for Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25.

This summer will be the eleventh year of the visiting animal program, which has previously brought in lions, bears, baboons, giraffes, warthogs,
rhinoceroses and frogs.

Plans remain for the white tiger exhibit to run through Labor Day.

The Seneca Park Zoo is located in historic Seneca Park at 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester, just south of the Irondequoit town border. It is open nearly every day of the year. For more information, go to

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