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7505540454_8b04bf10ac_oCINCINNATI, OH  (July 28, 2014)– The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden invites you to come celebrate International Tiger Day, on Tuesday, July 29, with Malayan tigers Taj, Who-Dey, and their keepers. The Malayan tiger exhibit in Cat Canyon will be the center of attention with special activities and presentations occurring throughout the day from 10am – 3pm.

With plenty of activities planned for guests to enjoy, you’ll learn more about tigers and tiger conservation! There will be an interactive table set up in Cat Canyon for guests to chat with tiger keepers and volunteers, along with many fun activities. There will also be Special Keeper Chats at 10am, 12:30pm & 2pm near the Zoo’s Malayan tiger exhibit.

The Zoo is committed to ensuring the survival of endangered tigers, of which there are fewer than 3,200 remaining in the wild. Over the next three years, the Cincinnati Zoo has pledged to support the tiger conservation efforts of Panthera. Panthera is the leading international wild cat conservation organization with a mission to ensure the future of wild cats through scientific leadership and global conservation action.

To ensure the tiger’s survival, Panthera works across Asia with numerous partners to end the poaching of tigers for the illegal wildlife trade, prevent tiger deaths due to conflict with humans and livestock, and protect tiger prey species and habitat. Through their program, Tigers Forever, Panthera works to protect and secure key tiger populations and ensure connectivity between sites so that tigers can live long into the future.

“The Cincinnati Zoo is committed to effective, sustainable conservation efforts, and when it comes to saving tigers, nobody gets results like Alan Rabinowitz and his team at Panthera,” said Cincinnati Zoo Executive Director, Thane Maynard.  “It is a shame that tigers are being illegally poached for the skin and bones, but by inspiring our visitors at the Cincinnati Zoo and partnering with Panthera, we remain dedicated to the belief that there is still room in this world for great cats.” 

The International Tiger Day Celebration is FREE with general Zoo admission.  Admission prices are $15/adults, $11/children and seniors (2-12; and 62+), children under two are free and parking is additional.  The Zoo opens to the public daily at 10 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.  Members enjoy early admission at 9 a.m. For more information, call (513) 281-4700 or, visit www.cincinnatizoo.org.