March 2005

Tiger in his tank!

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Sunshine Coast Daily, March 26 2005


News Source: Sunshine Coast Daily, page 3, March 26 2005

Croc's rule ... but Steve's found new playmates!

Australia Zoo’s Tiger Temple welcomed its first public visitors yesterday, and as with the opening of every new project, Steve Irwin was excited.

Out and about at the zoo during the week for the annual VIP Breakfast – a chance for the Irwins and their 458 staff to thank friends, visitors and sponsors for their support – Steve was bursting with enthusiasm about the new Sumatran and Bengal Tiger display.

“We’ve been working tirelessly, almost 24 hours a day, on our latest and greatest project,” he said.

“We believe that we’ve developed the greatest tiger project on the face of the earth.

“What makes this so unique is that it’s all about tigers and their interaction with people.

“Tigers love the water and this is the first time people will be able to watch them in the water through glass.”

The Tiger Temple, which houses three Sumatran and two Bengal Tigers, offers visitors the chance to view the mighty cats frolicking in the water and on dry land with the handlers that have hand-raised them.

Steve said he most looked forward to the reactions of his visitors upon viewing the tigers in their new home.

“I was watching people just before and you can see it on their faces – those cats are just amazing.”

He said the section containing the tiger exhibit was the start of a new south-east Asia exhibit that would eventually include an elephant enclosure which would allow the giant animals to roam freely over an area of 50 hectares.