San Diego Zoo Breaks Ground on New Exhibit Exploring Africa
For more than 70 years, the large cats at the San Diego Zoo lived in once state-of-the-art concrete grottos on one path affectionately called the "Cat and Dog Canyon" . The zoo just closed them down and started construction on a brand new section called "Africa Rocks". The area, expected to cost more than $60 million, will be filled with monkeys, crocodiles and birds. They won't be as large or as dangerous, but they'll have more room to roam, at least relative to their size.
The dwarf crocodiles, for instance, will live in a large, marshy pool at the base of a 65 foot waterfall known as "Rudy Falls." The area called the "Africa Forest" will be filled with birds like the hornbills, bee-eaters and the socialable weaver, a bird known for building large nests. The zoo hopes the weaver's will end up creating a nest that may weigh more than a ton.
There will also be some African Penguins, some lemurs from Madigascar and some baboons. Oh, there will be one African leopard too, for old times sake.