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No More Tigers At Lincoln Park Zoo: 'Asocial' Pair To Be Replaced By Lions

By Mina Bloom | June 16, 2016 3:14pm
 One of the Amur tigers at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
One of the Amur tigers at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
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Lincoln Park Zoo

LINCOLN PARK — Say goodbye to the tigers at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

As part of rehabbing the historic Kovler Lion House, the zoo is getting rid of its two Amur tigers, Molly and Pavel, in an effort to focus on lions, it was announced Thursday. 

"Tigers, socially, are a little bit difficult to display as a group. They tend to be more asocial," Kevin Bell, president and CEO of the zoo, told reporters Thursday.

But that doesn't mean tigers won't be back in the future.

"That doesn't mean we don't want tigers at the zoo. We hope someday to build a tiger habitat, probably at the south end. But for now, we want to have a bigger pride of lions," he said.

The Kovler Lion House is just one of many exhibits undergoing renovations at the zoo as part of a multi-million dollar capital improvement campaign.

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