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Zoo Boise Breaks Ground on Much-Anticipated Gorongosa Park Exhibit

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Boise officials joined Friends of Zoo Boise in the April 6 groundbreaking of the Gorongosa Park exhibit. - CITY OF BOISE
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  • Boise officials joined Friends of Zoo Boise in the April 6 groundbreaking of the Gorongosa Park exhibit.
City of Boise officials broke ground today on Zoo Boise's most ambitious project to date—its Gorongosa National Park exhibit, which will expand the zoo's footprint by 1.5 acres. Community support and donations through Friends of Zoo Boise totaled more than $8.9 million project.

In a recent conversation with Boise Weekly, Zoo Boise director Gene Peacock said construction would continue immediately and the public could expect to get its first look at the Gorongosa exhibit in summer of 2019.

“We believe that Zoo Boise has a responsibility to be a leader in conservation funding throughout the world,” said Doug Holloway, Boise Parks and Recreation director at the groundbreaking on Friday. “Zoo Boise continues to be a national leader in this effort, and this new exhibit is another example of how Zoo Boise is changing the definition of what it means to be a zoo.”

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Among the new animals that will find a home at the Gorongosa exhibit are Nile crocodiles, African wild dogs, otters, warthogs, baboons and vervet monkeys.

At the same time that the Gorongosa exhibit is constructed, Zoo Boise will update a number of other exhibits, including the Primate House and aviaries. New exhibits will be built for the gibbons and the sarus crane, plus a new event area with a stage and covered seating will be added. The zoo will remain open throughout construction.