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Old 27-06-2012

That's disappointing, as the underwater viewing area shown in the concept art looked like it would have been superb.
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Lucky you Friday evening will have to do for me.... It's good to hear that the exhibits have turned out nicely I'm very excited to see them for myself. I'm also glad to hear of the addition of boat-billed herons!
You will be surprised how great it is. Sorry I couldn't take pictures because I don't think I was allowed to. But I did try to take it with one hand and my finger got in the way of all of them
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That's disappointing, as the underwater viewing area shown in the concept art looked like it would have been superb.
Also what I'm not too glad of is that a hill goes downward from the pool, so it doesn't actually look too much like you're face-to-face or ground level.
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Old 27-06-2012

Too bad. I mean, if there is one inch above the glass level then obviously they did the extra work to make the glass water tight, so why not have more underwater if you already did the work? Of course, if you lay your camera on the glass right on the ground, you might get an interesting split view above/below water.
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Old 29-06-2012

Before I get to all of the Cat Canyon news, I'll start with a little blog update about the zoo's three miniature pigs:
Three Little Pigs! | Cincinnati Zoo Blog

Now, for Cat Canyon updates:

There was a picture of the viewing window on one of the zoo's blog updates, so I decided to ask what happened to the plans for underwater viewing. This is the answer I received:
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Instead of underwater viewing up against the glass, the exhibit designers chose to install a shallow pool just a few feet in from the glass. There will still be a great view of the tigers when they’re in the water.
Here's the new page for Cat Canyon on the zoo's website complete with an overview, cat bios, videos, and information on the zoo's work with tiger conservation.
Cat Canyon Exhibit - The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Video advertisement for Cat Canyon with some shots of the white tiger enclosure:

Channel 91.7's sneak-peak of Cat Canyon with multiple pictures showing both tiger enclosures.
Get up close and personal with Cincinnati Zoo tigers | 91.7 WVXU News

Cat Canyon press release:
Cat Canyon Opens June 30 - The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
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CAT CANYON OPENS JUNE 30
JUNE 28, 2012/FRONT NEWS, GENERAL ZOO NEWS/LEAVE A RESPONSE

CINCINNATI – On June 30, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will open its newest exhibit – Cat Canyon! Originally opened in 1934 as Tiger Grotto, major renovations will allow visitors to see the Zoo’s big cats closer than ever before. One of the highlights will feature a new viewing area offering an opportunity to stand eye-to-eye with Malayan tigers, with just an inch of glass in between.

In addition to Malayan tigers, Cat Canyon will also be home to white tigers and snow leopards in immersive exhibits that showcase the majesty and grace of these amazing cats. With two new viewing areas overlooking three new outdoor exhibits, waterfalls, new rock work, a wooden bridge, eye-to-eye viewing panes and lush play spaces for the animals, this exhibit promises to be exciting for young and old alike.

Linking visitors to Night Hunters, Cat Canyon hopes to provide guests with a new, exciting adventure into the world of the great predators, while strengthening the Zoo’s commitment to the conservation of threatened species through education and scientific research in the wild and at the Zoo. Cat Canyon is presented by The Spaulding Foundation. Generous donations also from the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pichler, Mr. and Mrs. R. Kerry Clark, The H.B., E. W. & F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Winfried L. and Emil L. Barrows Fund, John Hauck Foundation and the Dorothy M. Kersten Charitable Trust.
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Old 29-06-2012

Are there any photos of the snowleopard exhibit? For some reason the tiger exhibits remind me of Busch Garden's exhibits.
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While the malayan tigers now have eye level viewing, the white tigers appear to only be visible from above looking down. Not a very good design - you used to be able to see them on the same level across a moat. Now all the views are looking down? I hope I am wrong and there is a lower viewing area, but if not this is a step backwards not an improvement.
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Are there any photos of the snowleopard exhibit? For some reason the tiger exhibits remind me of Busch Garden's exhibits.
That is exactly what I thought even though the format isn't the same at all but the shortness of the grass reminds me of it.

Thanks a ton for posting that Kudu, that's a ton of info, especially for the zoo. Who would've known that they kept Olga this whole time and she gladly can have the new space too.
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While the malayan tigers now have eye level viewing, the white tigers appear to only be visible from above looking down. Not a very good design - you used to be able to see them on the same level across a moat. Now all the views are looking down? I hope I am wrong and there is a lower viewing area, but if not this is a step backwards not an improvement.
Yes there are two above viewing areas as I said last week. Also it says it has a wooden bridge, the bridge is only part of the exit.
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Old 30-06-2012

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For some reason the tiger exhibits remind me of Busch Garden's exhibits.
That was the first thing that popped into my head when I saw the exhibits! They share short grass, waterfalls that appear out of nowhere, etc., but Cincinnati may have a bit more cover and shade for them. However, BG has that unique oppurtunity to see 4 tigers at once that rotate througout two habitats a day.
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Old 01-07-2012

I have a feeling that the white tiger exhibit does not have eye-to-eye viewing because it was built to eventually serve as another Malayan tiger exhibit. The zoo's white tigers are both in their later teens, and will sooner-or-later pass on. When this occurs, their exhibit will be freed up for more Malayan tigers and begin breeding again. Once the exhibit is occupied by Malayan tigers, it will allow for multiple vantage points of one subspecies instead of limited vantage points of two.

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Old 01-07-2012

That moment cannot happen too soon (by half)!

I EVER fail to see any conservation or education rationale behind a single mutation / hybridized / consequence of inbreeding animal for display in a professional zoo.
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Old 01-07-2012

That sounds like a great plan Kudu. Akere and Popsy have to be about 16-17 now. The best part about Cat Canyon is we also get to finally see the closed off exhibits at Rhino Reserve. The bongo exhibit is filled with grass and is lusher than ever.
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Old 02-07-2012

The eyes of the tiger: Zoo's Cat Canyon to open | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com
Another news article (featuring several pictures) on Cat Canyon.
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Old 02-07-2012

It says we have to wait a couple of years before breeding begins for the tigers.
 


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