Broome County Employees Donate More Than $700 to Help Bring Tigers to Ross Park Zoo

By WBNG News

Broome County Employees Donate More Than $700 to Help Bring Tigers to Ross Park Zoo

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 12:54 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Broome County Executive Debbie Preston on Monday announced that nearly 100 Broome County Employees have donated $702 to help bring two new tigers to The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park.

According to a news release:

Zoo goers were saddened when tigers KJ and Misha passed away last year.

“I missed seeing KJ and Misha on my trips to the zoo,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “When I found out that two new tigers were going to be coming to Ross Park, I was ecstatic.”

“The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park extends the utmost gratitude to County Executive Debbie Preston and all Broome County employees for this generous donation,” said Executive Director Steve Contento. “The relationship between the County and Zoo is paramount to its continued successes. As the Zoo continues to grow and welcomes new residents, we have a true partner in Broome County.”

All Broome County employees were encouraged to donate $5 to help Ross Park fund the 2,034 mile journey new tigers Koosaka and Terney need to take to reach their new home.

“Our Broome County employees went above and beyond,” said Preston. “I feel honored to work with such generous people.”

Koosaka and Terney are expected to complete their journey later this month.