The Greensboro Science Middle is delaying opening by two weeks, citing building delays and time for the animals to acclimate domestically
Also, to complete the expansion of the zoo, high quality graphics, lawns and gardens, and basic guest amenities such as benches, picnic tables, signs and shade structures must be set up.
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The expanded area of the facility on Lawndale Drive is expected to open to the public in May.
After the construction workers leave the site, the zoo’s animal care team will “begin the process of relocating and acclimatizing animals,” according to the press release.
“We need to display these animals and see how they react (before the public is allowed in),” said Dobrogosz.
On Wednesday, Ralph, an 8-year-old pygmy hippopotamus, was allowed to explore the outdoor area of his exhibition for the first time.
“It was great,” said Jessica Hoffman, vice president, animal care and welfare. “You could tell he just loved it. He was just running and playing and exploring, and he was in the pool and out of the pool. “
Ralph the pygmy hippo takes a dip in the outdoor pool of his new exhibit at the Greensboro Science Center.
Courtesy Greensboro Science Center
The zoo is still waiting for its sand cat, which is expected to arrive on time for the opening. A male black-footed cat that was just born at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas is also expected to be born. However, he won’t be arriving for four or five months, when he’s old enough to be separated from his mother, Hoffman said.
The center’s southern hornbills, a bird native to Africa that is classified as critically endangered, have also not arrived yet. They are exhibited with the okapi, a relative of the giraffe family native to Central Africa.