JACKSONVILLE, FL (AP) - A new, $9.5 million tiger exhibit is set to open at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
The Land of the Tiger exhibit opens Saturday and will feature five tigers.
Zoo officials say the exhibit is the most significant addition to the facility since the Range of the Jaguar opened in 2004.
The zoo's executive director Tony Vecchio told The Florida Times-Union that the facility hasn't had its own tigers in more than 20 years. He says they've been the most requested animal in the 4 ½ years he's been with the zoo.
The 2.5-acre exhibit is the second phase of the zoo's Asia Precinct expansion. It will include a pair of rare and endangered Sumatran tigers and three endangered Malayan tigers, which were transferred from the Palm Beach Zoo.
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