The first animals at the private facility in far north WA will be two Sumatran tigers once owned by the original Tiger King, Joe Exotic.
The 350-hectare facility in Kununurra, to be called Kimberley Zoo, and pictured above for the first time in an artist’s impression, won’t be open to the public.
It has six staff and will ultimately have 11 animals this year, including the tigers, along with water buffalo, zebras and various birds.
Staff will record the animals’ DNA and take part in breeding programs with other zoos around the world.
Sam, 30, the son of former WA premier Colin Barnett, is planning to relocate to the US once travel restrictions ease.
He is working with an investor from Florida to make his dream a reality – and it isn’t Carole Baskin, who appears in the Netflix series Tiger King.
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July 20, 2020