Earlier this week, The Mirage welcomed some new residents to the resort — six-week-old white, white-striped and golden tiger cubs. The cubs will be part of Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat attraction and the public will get its first chance to see them starting today, June 13th, 2008, which is also Siegfried’s 69th birthday.
“I am honored that our tigers will go on exhibit for my birthday and just in time for Father’s Day weekend,” said Siegfried in a video press release.
Added Roy, “While we no longer perform nightly, our conservation efforts to save and care for these magnificent creatures are part of our daily life. These new cubs are a gift from the universe and it brings us great joy to share them with the world.”
The duo opened the attraction in 1997, when their show headlined The Mirage, as a way to help preserve the rare exotic animals they loved. Inside the habitat area you’ll be able to observe royal white tigers, white lions, gold heterozygous tigers, African and Asian leopards, a black panther and a snow leopard.
The aquatic side of the exhibit features a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins housed in a 2.5-million gallon set of pools outfitted with an artificial coral reef and a sandy bottom to replicate their natural habitat.
This family-friendly Vegas attraction is open from 10am until 7pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and from 11am until 5:30am the rest of the year. Admission is currently $15 for adults, $10 for children age 4 to 12 and free for age 3 and under. More intimate encounters with the animals, such as acting as a dolphin trainer-for-a-day or taking a VIP guided tour, are available for an additional cost.
Tickets are available online at the Secret Garden ticket site or in person at The Mirage. Additional information can also be obtained by calling 702.792.7889.
But seriously…how cute are these critters? They haven’t been given names yet, but I’m told a contest involving Las Vegas-area students is in the works to give them their monikers.