Tigers to get $3.5 million digs at Moorpark College's zoo
Bengal tigers Neil and Karma are getting a new digs at America's Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College.
College and zoo leaders along with students broke ground Tuesday on what will be the enclosure and habitat called Rajah's Retreat. The first phase of construction is estimated at $3.5 million.
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When Neil and Karma arrived in 2017, they weighed in at about 50 pounds apiece. Now, Neil tips the scale at 375 and Karma at 275 pounds. Their new home will give them greater space to roam and allow the public to see them through a glass viewing areas.
Rajah's Retreat will also feature "a tiger tunnel” that connects two large enclosures for each cat and a water installation where the tigers can splash and play in front of visitors.
Fundraising for construction began when the cubs arrived in 2017. The college has received major gifts and hosted a Concert for Cats in September that raised $50,000 for the project.
The retreat is expected to be completed June.
This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: Tigers to get $3.5 million digs at Moorpark College's zoo