Tiger Island will partially re-open to guests at Dreamworld on Sunday, just in time for the school holidays.
The first stage of the $7 million renovation added covered seating for up to 500 people and splash pools with viewing areas to watch the tigers play underwater.
Queensland Minster for Tourism and Major Events, the Honourable Kate Jones MP, launched the changes.
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She welcomed the new-look Tiger Island as a world-class, iconic
attraction for Queensland.
Ms Jones said Dreamworld’s new Tiger Island was a major new tourism drawcard for the Gold Coast.
“This is a world class animal exhibit providing animal conservation through responsible tourism,” she said.
“I congratulate Dreamworld for delivering on their vision combining tiger conservation and tourism development. This exhibit will attract more visitors to Dreamworld and the Gold Coast, supporting jobs and the local tourism economy.”
Gold Coast Deputy Mayor, Councillor Donna Gates said the new Tiger Island would further position the city as a leading holiday destination that is constantly evolving with fresh new product to attract more visitors and keep them coming back again and again.
Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson said the reinvigoration of Tiger Island would ensure the park retained its leading role in the global race to save tigers in the wild.
“The redevelopment of Tiger Island is a significant milestone for Dreamworld and a wonderful gift for our tigers and their wild cousins as we celebrate the 21st anniversary of Tiger Island,” said Mr Davidson.
“Turning the spotlight on conservation, visitors to this amazing new conservation precinct will be able to feel closer to our tigers than ever before, encouraging empathy and educating guests on the plight of tigers in the wild.
“It includes interpretive areas and experiences to highlight the wild tiger conservation projects supported by Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation with opportunities for guests to make their own contributions through the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation.”
Dreamworld, through the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF), is the largest zoological contributor to tiger conservation worldwide. The park’s seven adult tigers and five cubs are ambassadors for their wild counterparts, raising funds for tiger conservation through guest experiences, donations and the park’s adopt an animal program.
Australian designed and built, the first stage of the new Tiger Island includes:
*world-class tiger exhibits and conservation areas with leading animal husbandry facilities
*landscaping by international designer Jamie Durie and his team at Durie Design
*improved viewing areas including a covered stadium seating 500 people
*splash pools with underwater viewing to see the tigers swimming
*leading audio visual facilities for tiger presentations
*new themed shopping and dining outlets
*Island Noodle Hut – where guests can savour the tastes of Asia including sumptuous noodles and modern bites overlooking Tiger Island
*Tiger Bazaar – filled with tiger-themed merchandise including soft toys, clothing, gifts, homewares, DWF merchandise and lots more
*a dedicated undercover corporate events space seating up to 250 people
The second stage of the precinct opening by Christmas will include:
*a new Sumatran Tiger habitat to showcase Dreamworld’s three Sumatran tigers and the park’s contributions to the Sumatran Tiger Global Species Management Program
*A world class lair for Dreamworld’s non-contact tigers
*A children’s crawl through tunnel and strategically placed windows in the lair and Sumatran Tiger habitat enabling guests to safely experience being face-to-face with a tiger
*enhanced guest experience areas
Mr Davidson said he expected the park’s popular tiger photo experiences and tiger presentations to start by Christmas once the tigers had settled into their new home.