(GRAND RAPIDS, MI) - On Saturday, May 31st the two new male Amur Tigers at John Ball Zoo were released into their new state-of-the-art habitat. Two males and one female, all newcomers to the zoo, had spent the previous two weeks getting acquainted with their new zookeepers. The tigers will spend the following two weeks getting used to their new habitat before the exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, June 14.
Located on the south end of the expanded IDEMA Forest Realm, this project is being built in two separate phases. O-A-K is the Construction Manager for the project.
This phase is in the final week of completion and includes the main Tiger Habitat very similar to the tigers’ native forests found in eastern Russia. It also includes a holding/breeding facility, a rest area with bathrooms, concession stand and viewing areas for visitors. The holding/breeding facility makes John Ball Zoo eligible to participate in the Tiger Species Survival Plan (SSP) and play a crucial role in propagation of the species and inspiring people to help save wild tigers. This phase opens officially to the public on June 14.
Currently under construction, this portion of the project includes tiger trails and an additional flex habitat. Phase 2 is scheduled for completion in November 2014. It will open to the public in the spring of 2015.
UNIQUE CONSTRUCTION FEATURES:
A big “thank you” is due to the entire team for pushing this project forward with the highest quality and safety standards. Our O-A-K key team members include Chris Barnes, Project Superintendent and Troy Redman, Project Manager.