The next Mike the Tiger will enjoy nearly $1 million worth of renovations to the habitat on LSU's campus, according to a report.
The LSU Daily Reveille reported that the $975,000 improvements to the tiger habitat should be completed by Aug. 14, weather permitting.
The improvements include two new features, including a “high tech rock” with a warm surface in the winter and a cool surface in the summer. The feature is designed to keep the animal cooler and more comfortable in the summer months, Emmett David, LSU Athletics associate director of facility and project development, told the Reveille.
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The second new improvement will be to transform the center column, which holds up the mesh above the habitat, to look like a tree. The change will help the habitat look more natural, David said.
Along with the new features, the habitat’s existing pool and waterfall will also be refurbished, David said.
Private donations collected by the Tiger Athletic Foundation will pay for the renovations
“No state dollars were supporting this – this is all philanthropic donations,” David told the Reveille.
LSU timed the search for the next tiger around the current renovations. A list of repairs piled up after Mike VI died, LSU officials have said.
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In January, LSU said that it plans to have a new tiger by August. The next tiger will not attend home football games like its predecessors did.
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