Omaha zoo unveils renovated gorilla exhibit
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium welcomed its guests back to the newly renovated gorilla exhibit on Friday.
Dennis Pate, the zoo’s president and CEO, talked about the upgrades. Christine DuPre, supervisor of Great Apes & Pinnipeds, was also on hand to explain how the renovations are benefiting the animals there.
The facility got a 7 million dollar facelift. That included raising part of the exhibit to bring you closer to the animals.
“You’re face to face with any of these gorillas. And I think that’s the biggest impact with the public Is to be able to be that close and interact with them....Um in a more personal setting I guess,” said Christine Dupre.
The exhibit has been around for 18 years. Zoo officials felt like it was time for a refresh and time to add some new features. New features such as new carpet, better lighting, updates to the children’s play area, and air conditioning throughout the whole building.
“It gives people more of an opportunity to sit and stay for a while and watch the dynamics between males or between family group members. The play that happens between the two kids,” said Dennis Pate.
The new digs enhance the experience for the gorillas too. They have more space, water features, and climbing structures throughout the facility.
“It gives the gorillas an opportunity to investigate a little bit more in their exhibits. Forge a little bit more in their exhibits,” said Dupre.
Just like many other parts of the zoo, education is key. Inside the gorilla valley, they’ve added touch screens, digital displays, and videos to learn about the incredible animals.
“It’s the central part of our mission. It’s to grow that next generation of conservationists who are actively involved in conservation. Or just regular people, we want them to care about the animals,” said Pate.
Take a tour through the new exhibit
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