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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden invites visitors to experience the spirit
of Africa during the opening of Phase III of its newest exhibit, which opens to the public on June 29.
will come alive as you journey through this
open-vista exhibit featuring some of the country's most beautiful animals, including a lion, cheetah and giraffe, to name a few.
Visitors will come face to face with the Zoo's two
new African lions through a 12-foot-tall glass wall in their new 11,200 square-foot
exhibit. Visitors can also see the Zoo's
herd of Maasai giraffe from the newly expanded Giraffe Deck which now features
a covered Treehouse that reaches out into the giraffe yard, getting visitors
closer than ever to the Zoo's tallest residents.
In addition, there is a new Circle of Love
animal encounter area where guests can meet unique African animals, from 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, and a lush, new African cheetah exhibit. Right next to the cheetah exhibit guests will
find Base Camp Café, the Zoo's new African themed dining facility, featuring
more indoor dining space and a new, largely expanded outside deck overlooking
the African savannah.
"Because most people don't get the
opportunity to visit Africa, taking in the natural beauty of its landscape and
wildlife, the Zoo has decided to bring Africa to you," said Thane Maynard,
Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo. "Africa is what most people think of
when they picture wild animals in their natural habitat. Our hope is for Zoo visitors to leave here
feeling connected with Africa and feeling inspired to help save wildlife in
wild places. We want them to experience their own African safari – one that
they can enjoy in the near future and remember for a lifetime."
As with all new construction, the Zoo
will be pursuing LEED Gold Certification on AFRICA. The AFRICA site restored almost the entire
area into new habitat from an existing parking lot, making it green right from
the start. The exhibit also
features underground storage tanks that hold roughly 400,000 gallons of water
that is collected, stored and reused on site.
Additionally, the water is used for irrigation and supplying polar bears
and sea lion exhibits with make-up water.
While in AFRICA Zoo visitors will have
an opportunity to help one of the Zoo's conservation mission's back in Africa.
Beaded bracelets, made by the Olkiramatian Women's Group that manage the Lale
enok Resource Center in the South Rift of Kenya, will be sold in the AFRICA
Phases I & II of AFRICA, the first
of five phases, were completed in 2010 and included an expanded yard for the
Maasai giraffe, a new greater flamingo exhibit, and a new and improved Cheetah
The Zoo is still in the midst of a capital campaign to complete
Phases IV and V, needing roughly $12 million, which will bring Zebra, gazelles
and some of Africa's most beautiful birds to the Savannah portion of the
exhibit. The Zoo will finish Phase V
with a much anticipated hippo exhibit.