Donation from the city moves along plan for Beardsley Zoo tiger habitat

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A new donation has helped the Beardsley Zoo move forward with a project to build a new tiger habitat.

Reka and Zeya, 1 1/2-year-old Amur tiger cubs, were born in the zoo, and now along with their mother will get a new habitat.

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim revealed Monday the city will pledge $2.5 million to help the zoo build a new tiger habitat. There was also a private donation by Pam Kochiss Werth a couple months ago. She donated $1 million to the project.

MORE: Beardsley Zoo debuts tiger cubs, wolf pups, Beardsley Zoo's rare tiger cubs to celebrate 1st birthday 

The announcement coincided with Global Tiger Day. Officials estimate there are only about 3,200 tigers left in the wild, 500 of which are Amur tigers - the largest cat in the world.

Construction is set to begin in the spring of 2020, with the hope of everything completed in a year.

The new habitat will offer more holding space for the tigers, as well as make it easier for the public to view them. An architect is now designing it.

 

 

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