Topeka Zoo opening new giraffe exhibit in 10-12 months, nonetheless want to boost $1.2 million

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TOPEKA (KSNT) – Building crews are engaged on a brand new $8 million “Giraffe and Associates” exhibit on the Topeka Zoo. The brand new facility is anticipated to open in 10 to 12 months and zoo leaders say they’re nonetheless making an attempt to boost the final $1.2 million.

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The brand new giraffe exhibit will probably be situated on three acres south of Kay’s Backyard and Camp Cowabunga. The exhibit features a 10,000 sq. foot housing facility and will probably be house to giraffes, antelopes, gazelles, and huge birds.

Zoo Director Brendan Wiley stated this will probably be an enormous change for the zoo. The giraffe exhibit is presently housed within the oldest constructing on the zoo, which was inbuilt 1966.

“Requirements for giraffes have modified loads for the reason that 60s. That was 55 years in the past,” Wiley stated. “This facility goes to offer a really trendy expertise for the giraffe the place we are able to way more simply handle their well being care and their day by day wants.”

Wiley stated the zoo has raised $6.8 million or about 85 % of the anticipated value of the exhibit.

The zoo is holding a brick marketing campaign to assist make up the distinction. Friends can purchase a standard-sized 4 X 8 inch brick for $100 or a bigger sq. 8 X 8 inch brick for $250.

Click on right here to buy a brick or right here to make a money donation. Individuals thinking about making bigger donations or sponsoring exhibit parts can contact Brendan Wiley at bwiley@topekazoo.org or at 785-506-3797.

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