Talkin ‘a couple of Revolution: After Years of Growth, Greensboro Science Heart Enlargement Opens | Native
“You just see something else.”
But it is not rocks that drew the crowd of dignitaries and donors to cut the ribbon.
There were nine new animal exhibits, a state-of-the-art animal hospital and conservation center, a cluster of tree houses, and an elevated boardwalk.
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The new animals include cassowaries, pygmy hippos, an okapi, a serval and Caribbean flamingos.
The expansion is the culmination of the 2006 master plan for the Science Center.
Speakers at the ribbon cutting praised Dobrogosz and his team for imagining and implementing the extension.
“A few years ago Glenn and his team got into a situation where they were looking at a petting zoo and an antiquated museum,” said interim city manager Chris Wilson. “It was very popular … but it was a bit stagnant.
“And they brought a vision with them.”
Mayor Nancy Vaughan praised the community’s efforts behind the 11-acre expansion, which included private donations and a $ 20 million bond issued by the city.
She also praised the Science Center’s discount for people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – better known as SNAP.