African Journey Construction Update: 11/23/18

As busy as bees collecting pollen, a bird building a nest, or a pride of lions hunting, the construction crews at the renovation site of the elephant, giraffe, and lion habitats keep working away, even as the season begins to change and temperatures drop. Some of the changes you’ll see in this update are touches that may seem small but will have a big impact when the three habitats reopen in 2019.

Elephant Habitat:

Finishing touches are going on the inside of the large new elephant yard, where the Rock Island penguin exhibit once sat. Notice the fallen trees, sculpted rocks, and grand shade structure that the herd will be able to interact with. A “splash pad” can also be seen next to the fence that will be a perfect place for elephants to stand as their keepers spray them with the…

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