The Phoenix Zoo’s first animal exhibit opened today with a bang.
The $40 million, 65,000-square-foot exhibit features two lions, a tiger, and a cheetah, and its the first time anyone has ever shown the animals in this state.
The zoo’s staff were in awe as the lions, tigers, and cheetahs appeared, and as guests walked past the animals they were captivated by their beauty and unique personalities.
“They are the ultimate creatures.
I mean, they look so real,” said the zoo’s director of animal welfare, Dan Zeller.
“These are the only animals in the world that look this good.”
The zoo has been open for more than a decade, but its still a work in progress.
The lions are currently in quarantine, and are still being evaluated for their health, Zeller said.
The cheeta is still in the process of being evaluated, but he’s doing well and will be released soon, Zellers said.
There are two tigers, but they’ve had their own show in the zoo.
“There are going to be some challenges and some trials ahead,” Zeller told Recode.
“We’ll continue to work with the zoo to see how we can make this the best zoo experience for the people of Arizona and the world.”
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