Tiger cubs bringing smiles to visitors at Hattiesburg, MS, Zoo

September 9, 2006

Hattiesburg Zoo officials are hoping some special, four-legged guests will generate new interest in future big-cat exhibits in the Hub City.

Two 4-month-old white, Bengal tiger cubs can be seen by the public this weekend at the Hattiesburg Zoo.

They’re on loan from a zoo in Alexandria, Louisiana, where they were born.

It’s hoped the cubs will increase public support for new Asian and lion exhibits, which will be constructed soon.

“That’s what this weekend is all about, to start spreading the word and bringing awareness to the community, the citizens and see if we can get some donors to offer some extra money to build this exhibit for us,” said Lori Banchero, Zoo Administrator for the Hattiesburg Zoo.

“One of the things that we felt we could do is do our part as a good neighbor and bring the animals over and let people see what they are and hopefully, if y’all can go ahead and get together and build a new exhibit, then we’ll give y’all a pair of white tigers,” said Leslie Witt, Director of the Alexandria Zoo.

You can only see the cubs for one more day, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Admission for the zoo is $2 for adults and $1 for senior citizens and children ages 4 to 12.

Children under four get in for free.

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