GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Guests at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids can now get an eye-to-eye look at swimming tigers.
The zoo has unveiled new features of its Tigers of the Realm exhibit. The River Realm and Tiger Trail both opened to the public Monday. They expand the tiger habitat by 2,000 square-feet, said John Ball Zoo education director Andy McIntyre.
"We're encouraging people as they come and see this exhibit, there's a lot of space to find tigers; they can look for them along the river, or up in the forest, or on the trail in between," said McIntyre.
"The zoo people were talking about the tigers almost being extinct, and I'm like, 'We have to do something about this,'" said Marilyn Crawford; she and her husband Bill are long-time zoo supporters and sponsored the Tigers of the Realm exhibit.
John Ball Zoo is open daily throughout the summer from nine until six.