KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Zoo Knoxville is marking a major milestone in the construction of Tiger Forests, Zoo Knoxville’s new habitat and breeding facility for critically endangered Malayan tigers.
Crews are “topping out” the construction of their Asian Trek in tiger Forest. Tina Rolen with Knoxville Zoo said the “topping out” ceremony is a custom that goes back centuries and marks the point where the last beam or its equivalent is placed atop a structure during construction.
The ceremony will conclude with the placement of a flag on the highest point of the building by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Mayor Tim Burchett.
Opening in 2017, Zoo Knoxville says the Tiger Forest will give zoo visitors the unforgettable experience of being eye-to-eye with these regal cats. As visitors explore the Tiger Forest, they may see tigers swimming underwater in their plunge pools, climbing feed poles, running in pursuit of a lure, training with their caretakers or even partaking in a game of tug-of-war.
Tiger Forest is the first phase of sweeping changes to the zoo’s east campus that Zoo Knoxville says will dramatically elevate the way visitors experience the zoo.