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Bronx Zoo - Tiger Mountain

July 2008.

Bronx Zoo - Tiger Mountain
snowleopard, 5 Aug 2008
    • snowleopard
      July 2008.
    • BlackRhino
      Looks like a huge amazing habitat
    • snowleopard
      It's terrific because it is completely natural and real instead of gunite and concrete, and I think the Bronx has the second largest tiger habitat in North America. Only the Minnesota Zoo has a larger pair of tiger enclosures.
    • BlackRhino
      I have heard that Bronx has better viewing though than Minnesota. I have heard that since Minnesota's exhibit is so huge it is often very hard to find the tigers
    • snowleopard
      I've posted several photos of both exhibits here on ZooChat, and they are definitely the two biggest and arguably the two best tiger exhibits in North America. I actually quite like the fairly new Columbus Zoo tiger habitat (there are also photos of that one here) and I'm sure that I'm missing a few quite good ones.

      Minnesota has one really large tiger exhibit that offers excellent viewing opportunities, but then a second enclosure that makes it almost impossible to locate the tigers. The long walkway looks down upon a forest, and there is a tracking device that is mounted on the wood and beeps if it is pointed in the general direction of a tiger. Overall I'd say that Minnesota's is best for the big cats, while the Bronx's is perhaps best for the public.
    • snowleopard
      Was this exhibit complex called Wolf Woods or something similar before it was dramatically overhauled and became Tiger Mountain?
    • Zooplantman
      It was wolf woods previously, yes. Mexican gray wolf if I remember correctly
      Not really "overhauled." Completely redeveloped. I don't think any of what was Wolf Woods was used here.

      Prior to Wolf Woods it was, simply, woods
    • reduakari
      But once upon a time, long ago (1967?), it was shown on a Bronx Zoo master plan diagram as the site for the legendary "World of the Bullfrog."
    • Zooplantman
      The famous lost grail of zoo exhibitry!
    • snowleopard
      I recently purchased (via Amazon) a 1992 coffee table book simply called "American Zoos". In it there is mention of gray wolves near Himalayan Highlands as Tiger Mountain had not yet been built.

      Other intriguing species mentioned as being in the Bronx Zoo in 1992 include: Proboscis monkey, pink pigeon, grey eagle buzzard, Pere David's deer, Arabian oryx, blesbok, Sumatran rhinoceros, mugger crocodile, Cuban crocodile and apparently "free-flying hornbills" in JungleWorld.
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