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Archive for March, 2011

 

Photo by Kelli O'Brien

The professionals from Philadelphia’s CLR Design, the Zoo Society’s architect on the Lion Exhibit, are in town checking up on the progress of construction.

As you can see in the photo to the right, the foundation walls around the Maasai Huts are coming together along with the wall of the Kopje Viewing Area. The space seemed so much larger on the plans but we’ll still have 8,000 square feet for the lions. Construction activity is during the week, so come out for a visit!

– Rachel Baker August, Executive Director of the Seneca Park Zoo Society

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Photo by Kelli O'Brien

How wonderful it is to have people visiting us again! It was great to see kids swinging on the spiderweb in the playground and everyone watching the sea lions bob in and out of the water.

We know it is disappointing for you not to be able to see the baboons and Genny C and Lilac. But all good things (especially construction projects) take time, so be patient. By this time next year, you will have a whole NEW experience at the Zoo with lions, baboons and elephants!

– Rachel Baker August, Executive Director of the Seneca Park Zoo Society

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A milestone was achieved today when we filled the pool for our African black-footed penguins with water for the first time. We will now begin the process of starting up the pumps and filtration system for a full shakedown on operation. We can look forward to swimming penguins soon. Check out the photos below!

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

Photos by Larry Sorel

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Photo by Pam Cowan

We have started work on the former Arctic Wolf yard to prepare it to hold Mexican wolves. Unlike Arctic wolves, Mexican wolves are known to be climbers, therefore, an inward cantilever has to be put on the top of the fence for extra security.

Photo by Pam Cowan

This work, along with a couple of other changes, should be completed soon. Watch for news on when the wolves will arrive.

– Larry Sorel, County Zoo Director

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Photo by Kelli O'Brien

Look how quickly we are making progress! The photo to the right shows the cement foundation of the Kopje Rock View into the Lion Exhibit. If you see where the 2 x 4’s are placed in the wall, that is the location of the glass windows.

Photo provided by the Sedgwick County Zoo.

 

 

 

The photo to the left is a view similar to what we are striving for in that area. Very exciting!

FYI – a kopje is defined as a small isolated hill, usually seen in Africa landscapes made of rocks.

– Rachel Baker August, Executive Director of the Seneca Park Zoo Society

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