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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Exhibit offers white tigers, camel rides, parakeets

By Matt Riedl
The Wichita Eagle

A new Wichita River Festival exhibit will feature white tigers west of Century II, 225 W. Douglas. The traveling exhibit from Chicago also will offer camel rides and a parakeet aviary in the same area.

For $3, people can purchase an all-day entrance pass into the tiger exhibit and come and go as they please. Children 2 and younger get in free. Those wanting to see a tiger being fed and have a photo taken with a tiger must pay $10.

Feeding the tigers will be left to the professionals, said Aaron Myers, supervisor of the Animal Care Facility at All Things Wild in Chicago. Myers said the exhibit is intended to be entertaining and educational. Keepers will be with these animals around the clock. Myers said either two or three tigers will be in Wichita.

“It’s all about letting people see what the animals are all about,” Myers said. “We want to dispose of any myths about the creatures.”

Camel rides cost $5. It’s $2 to feed a parakeet and $1 for additional food.

Riverfest President and Chief Executive Janet Wright said the exhibit first drew her attention last fall.

“It sounded like it would be interesting and different,” Wright said. “As we started talking to them, it just sounded like it would be something worth doing.”

The exhibit will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and June 8-9, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. For more information, visit

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