The Dallas Zoo is preparing to the open one of the most ambitious exhibits it's ever unveiled. In this week's Lone Star Adventure FOX 4's Richard Ray gives us a sneak peek of Giants of the Savanna.
The Dallas Zoo is billing Giants of the Savanna as one of the most comprehensive African exhibits anywhere. It's home to six elephants and many other exotic animals including giraffes, lions, cheetahs, warthogs, red river hogs, and ostriches.
It's been 20 years since the Dallas Zoo opened its Wilds of Africa section. Giants of the Savanna is far and away the most ambitious project since. The eleven-acre exhibit is sure to be a show stopper.
The cutting-edge African exhibit features $45 million in upgrades, including the Gorilla Research Station. Zoo organizers spent $31 million on Giants of the Savanna alone. They say the exhibit is extremely complex and gives visitors all kinds of opportunities to witness natural animal behavior one might see in the wild.
Many areas in the habitat makes use flex space, meaning at any given time the zoo has the ability to move animals to different areas so their environment is always changing. Organizers say that kind of change is exciting for the animals and enriches their lives.
The new residents are being given time to settle in before the exhibit opens to the public. Behavior patterns are closely monitored and studied from watch towers designed as research platforms. Eventually, other species will be introduced as the Dallas Zoo fine tunes an exhibit that truly sets it apart from any other urban zoo in the world.
Giants of the Savanna opens to the public on Friday. For more information please visit the Dallas Zoo's website.
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