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  1. Trowaman

    Trowaman Well-Known Member

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    The zoo has posted their 2020 agenda on their website: Building the Future, The Houston Zoo

    • Complete: The Red Pandas have moved to the former Wombat/Aardvark exhibit connected to the bug house in the children's zoo.I'm hopeful this is temporary, as it's much smaller than their former exhibit.
    • January: Construction for a new pathway in-front of the Wortham World of Primaries will begin
    • January: The main gift shop will close for renovation. A temporary gift shop will open in a tent.
    • February: The Fisher Bird Garden will permanently close
    • February: The Reptile house will close temporarily so new utility lines can be laid for the Galapagos expansion
    • Late March: The macaw Cafe will permanently close
    • Spring: The Kipp Aquarium will permanently close. :-(
    • Mid-May: The main entrance will close and a temporary entrance will be created due to Galapagos construction
    • June - September: Orangutans will undergo a renovation
    • Summer: Pantanal Opens
     
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    Thanks for the updates and there are certainly a few surprises on that list. The Kipp Aquarium was renovated at a cost of $500,000 and reopened in 2016 after almost a year of construction. Now the zoo is going to close the Kipp Aquarium permanently and so that's a total shock. Also, the Fisher Bird Garden dates from the 1990s and it wasn't as if it was a very old part of the zoo. Looking at the big picture, Houston Zoo is reinventing itself and so a couple of exhibit casualties will be forgotten once all of the shiny new habitats are open to the public.
     
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    Unfortunately the Fisher Bird Garden was "not built right the first time" and used godawful wood so its lifespan was seriously compromised. In fact, it was actually worse for animal management than the older bird exhibits from the 50s. Also, the area did not fit with the Houston Zoo's new vision of exhibits that directly connect to the zoo's robust field conservation efforts. The renovation of the aquarium also predated the strategic planning process. Similarly, wombats were likely phased out as Australia does not fit into the zoo's conservation plan.

    Few zoos in the world have an immediate future as bright as Houston with a commitment to conservation culture and action second to none, lots of philanthropic dollars and a wave of top-notch exhibits opening up.
     
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    YouTube clip about the construction of the Pantanal :

     
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    Is there a species list for this new exhibit? Particularly reptiles?
     
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    Very impressed with the progress the zoo has been making and the momentum as well.
    Would anyone happen to know if any of the female elephants are pregnant?
     
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    So jaguars and giant otters together ?
     
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    Within different habitats, but said habitats would be designed so jaguars would be looking down on the otters.
     
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    Conveniently the zoo just announced that Shanti is due with a baby this spring!

    Houston Zoo Elephant Herd Growing By One, The Houston Zoo
     
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    Shanti's really done her part to save the species. Lol. And Thailand must be trying to save the species too, because he clearly got right to work after Joy was born! In those photos, Shanti looks so much like her mother Bozie!
     
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