Construction on Birmingham Zoo Exhibit Almost Done

By: AP
By: AP

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Construction is nearly done on the Birmingham Zoo's new $12.5 million exhibit.

The "Trails of Africa" exhibit is scheduled to open in time for spring break.

It will feature open areas where elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos and ostriches can roam in environments similar to their native habitats.

The zoo also has plans to bring in three male elephants from facilities across the country: the Indianapolis Zoo, the Pittsburgh Zoo and Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.

The animals will be the centerpiece of the exhibit.

And the zoo is hoping to bring in another rhinoceros and two more giraffes.

With construction almost complete, workers are putting on the finishing touches at the exhibit: landscaping, painting and testing equipment.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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