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First look at tigers behind the scenes

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Editor

VIDEO: Tigers sniff and lick GoPro camera. Produced by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

It may be April Fool's Day, but this is no joke: tigers return to Woodland Park Zoo when the all new Banyan Wilds exhibit opens May 2!

The tigers—three brothers named Liem, Olan and Eko—arrived last month from the Little Rock Zoo. Right now the brothers are in a standard 30-day period of quarantine where we monitor their health and establish training and care routines with them. This is a chance for them to acclimate to their new surroundings, get to know their new keepers, and settle in comfortably.

Zoo photographer Ryan Hawk set up a GoPro camera in one of the tigers' behind-the-scenes quarantine areas to get this first footage of the coolest new stripes in town.

A GoPro camera is set up in a behind-the-scenes quarantine area for the tigers to get up close video. Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

We'll be sharing more and more sneak peeks with you over the coming weeks, revealing first looks at the new exhibit, the animals and the exciting programs that will make the all new heart of the zoo an unforgettable experience for you and your family.

Tiger anti-poaching patrols win funding thanks to your votes 

The new exhibit hasn't even opened yet, and already the community is showing their stripes for tigers. In a recent zoo story, we put out the call for action: vote online to help one of our on-the-ground partners in Malaysia, MYCAT, receive $30,000+ in funding. You took action and helped make it happen—MYCAT has now won funding to expand anti-poaching patrols in Malaysia!

It's amazing what we can do when we join forces as a community with partners in the field to fight for a better future for wildlife. Thank you.


Anonymous said…
The most exciting thing at the zoo today was seeing the tiger boys in the distance beyond the lion enclosure! The lions- all five- were sitting on one of their favorite family-sized rocks, looking curiously at the tiger boys peering over the cement wall, as the tigers looked curiously back at the strange feline family before them.

It was a beautiful day, and lots of zoo guests of all ages were in on this wonderful first face-to-face.