New exhibit opens for some of zoo's most majestic animals - - Jackson, MS

New exhibit opens for some of zoo's most majestic animals

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A new exhibit gives some of the Jackson Zoo's most majestic animals a bigger place to roam. An eight thousand square foot tiger exhibit opened Friday. It's 10 times the size of the tigers' previous home, which was located in one of the older parts of the zoo.

 The state funded the new $1.2 million dollar exhibit.

It was an emotional grand opening for both onlookers and zoo employees.

"It's just an emotional time for us because the tigers were in the outdated part of the zoo, and they were in 800 square feet for a while," said Rosemary Jalink, marketing and public relations director for the Jackson Zoo.

"They are scary because my mom said they could eat me like candy!" said eight-year-old Heidi Klein, one of the onlookers at the exhibit.

The three Sumatran tigers have been at the Jackson Zoo for two years. They are part of a breeding program in place at zoos around the country.

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