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Potawatomi Zoo holds ribbon chopping ceremony for brand spanking new giraffe exhibit, unveils new statue

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – Opening day on the Potawatomi Zoo is Friday, however Thursday was a monumental day that officers say marks a turning level for the zoo.

Donors, together with elected and group leaders gathered to have a good time the zoo’s new giraffe exhibit.

The challenge is in its ending levels. Adults gave the speeches, however youngsters took care of the ribbon chopping duties.

Beforehand, the gang moved inside to see the exhibit’s local weather delicate stars.

“A few years in the past, we did a survey asking individuals, you understand, what was the primary animal that folks wish to see in zoos,” says Josh Sisk, government director of the Potawatomi Zoo. “It all the time got here again to giraffes. Individuals journey to different zoos in our area to see giraffes and we knew that that, in the future, was going to be what adjustments the Potawatomi Zoo.

“So, we all know that that is going to be an enormous change for us,” he continued. “We’re going to go from that small group zoo that everybody remembers as a child that was nonetheless nice to this regional vacation spot. This contemporary zoo with all of the upgrades we’re making. That is positively a altering level within the zoo’s historical past.”

All 4 of the zoo’s giraffes are males. Kellen is 2 years outdated. Max, Wyatt, and Seymour are 5 years outdated.

Throughout the ribbon chopping, the zoo additionally unveiled a bronze statue of a mom giraffe together with her child that stands on the entrance to the brand new exhibit.

The statue has been a yr within the making. It stands 17-and-a-half ft tall and weighs about 2,500 kilos. It was put in Wednesday after touring 13 hours on a flatbed truck from northern Oklahoma.

“There’s quite a lot of youngsters that don’t have the chance to get near animals,” Jocelyn Russell, the artist who made the sculpture. “And to have the ability to really really feel my interpretation, I suppose, of a giraffe. And that’s enjoyable for me as a result of it’s one thing that’s going to be right here ceaselessly, I hope. And taking photographs of the youngsters this morning, it simply brings all of it collectively.”

Russell says it’s the tallest statue she has created, however not the largest. She’s sculpted a full-sized elephant prior to now.

And a reminder: 16 Information Now could be headed to the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend for opening day on Friday.

Lauren Moss and Matt Engelbrecht might be reside on the zoo through the 4 p.m. newscast. They’ll carry you a have a look at all of the enjoyable you may have this yr.

Lauren Moss and Matt Engelbrecht might be reside on the zoo through the 4 p.m. newscast!(WNDU)

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