Over 1500 visitors thronged to Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City Sunday to get a first glimpse of the new habitat for jaguars, bobcats and puma. A ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration for the new Cat Canyon exhibit Sunday had kids’ activities and games, face painting, refreshments, Discovery Carts manned by zoo educators, and best of all, up close encounters with the zoo’s feline residents. Comments were overwhelmingly positive as children and adults alike got nose to whisker with the curious jaguars through thick glass.
The new habitats for the jaguar and puma are 4.5 times larger than their previous exhibits, and the cats seem to be enjoying every square foot of their new space. The yards include native grass, felled trees, hollow logs, rock caves, ponds, heated rocks at the viewing window and other natural features. Four cats (two jaguars and two bobcats) moved across the zoo to their new home, while three new cats(a jaguar, puma, and bobcat) will also call Cat Canyon their home. Zoo hours are 8-5 daily, with Cat Canyon open until 4:30 pm.