Published: 28 October 2011
By JOSH LOEB
LONDON Zoo got the green light to build a multi-million pound extension to its tiger enclosure at a meeting at City Hall last night (Thursday).
The zoo’s pair of Sumatran tigers, Raika and Lumpur, are currently confined to a 600sqm enclosure but will have the run of a 2,400sqm home once the project, billed as a “tiger conservation HQ”, is completed.
The zoo says the new exhibit will give visitors the chance to get a better look at the animals, which face a high risk of extinction in the wild.
It is also hoped the roomier environment will aid efforts to encourage the big cats to breed. The work could cost as much as £5million and the zoo is seeking to raise £2million by 2013, when the enclosure is set to open.
Pictured: An artist’s impression of the new extension. Top: Lumpur