Monday, April 20, 2009

Giraffe Exhibit Renovation Update

By Jaime Wilson, Zoo Blog Keeper

After the official ground breaking in February for the Tall Wonders giraffe exhibit renovation and expansion, it has been full steam ahead with construction! The most exciting part was the demolition of the old cement buildings, the hippo pool and huge amounts of earth moving!

Now when you come by that area, you will see a raised area to the side of the Vet Hospital which will be the new giraffe barn. On the other side they were pouring concrete all last week for the base of the viewing platform. It's not much to look at, but we are so excited about this element of the design, that Zoo Director Mary Healy and Zoo Curator Jim Schnormeier put on their hard hats and took a moment out of their busy day to have a picture taken!

When the project is done, visitors will be able to see the giraffes at eye level. Talk about getting up close and personal! Visit our Tall Wonders page if you would like to donate to the project.