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INDUSTRY OPINION

Oklahoma City Zoo planning US$70m renovation and new African area

The importance of accreditation

Oklahoma City Zoo has plans

Sabrina Brando, director of Animal Welfare, WAZA

for a new African enclosure that would see a dedicated area for giraffes, penguins and

Seeing animals

African wild dogs, with other

up close can

renovations also planned.

be a wonderful experience.

The US$70m masterplan,

Different

which runs through to 2028, also includes a three-acre

animals can

expansion for the Sea Lion

be found in so many different facilities

Cove, a new farm area and a conservation preserve. The zoo plans to renovate

■■The zoo's giraffe habitat will be

worldwide. However it's

expanded as part of the works

important to know and acknowledge that not all

the current pachyderm building into an educational

zoos and aquariums, as well

"We want to keep people

space as part of the 11-acre

invested in our offering,"

US$27m Africa concept, then

said Oklahoma City Zoo

move its three giraffes and

CEO Dwight Lawson.

what we know about wildlife

New exhibits give us a chance to tell our story and tell what we know about wildlife and how to care for them

the African painted dogs

and how to care for them."

Dwight Lawson

the zoo has in captivity.

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grow the herd to around 15. The Africa space would also house penguins and

"New exhibits give us a chance to tell our story and tell

as sanctuaries, rescue and wildlife centres are equal. How do you know whether the zoo, aquarium, sanctuary, rescue or wildlife centre you visit is a good place for animals? How do you know whether the facility engages in other missions of modern professional facilities today, being conservation, education,

developments

research and engagement?

Construction underway on Columbus Zoo’s new sea lion and seal habitat

You can check whether a facility is accredited by a national or regional zoo and aquarium association, or sanctuary association.

Construction has begun

tom Stalf

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Leading zoo and aquarium

on a new sea lion and seal

building called the Life

associations, as well as

habitat at Columbus Zoo in

Support System building

sanctuary, rescue and

Ohio, US, which will include

is included, alongside a

wildlife centre associations

an underwater viewing tunnel

new visitor area called the

have developed and

allowing visitors to walk

Animal Encounters Village.

implemented comprehensive

next to the creatures as

"One of the things that’s

they swim around them.

going to be super special, is

accreditation programmes. Accredited facilities are

that there’s going to be an

committed to caring for animals

Adventure Cove, is expected to

acrylic glass tube where you

and safeguarding species

open to the public in Q2 2020

can walk through and have a

from extinction. They engage

and will be open year-round.

360-degree experience," said

millions through accredited

The US$40m (€35.3m,

Columbus Zoo president and

conservation and education

£30.3m) project will stretch

CEO Tom Stalf. "The animals

programmes. We invite you to

to around 7 acres, with the

are going to swim right over

see if a facility is accredited,

main pool using around

you and right under you."

and to encourage your friends

370,000 gallons of water.

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and family to do the same.

The new area, called

The animals are going to swim right over you and right under you

A new conservation

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Attractions Management Issue 1 2019  

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Attractions Management Issue 1 2019  

Attractions Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global attractions industry