Africa will be the largest animal exhibit in Zoo history. Phases I & II, the first of four phases, were completed in 2010 and include an expanded yard for the Maasai giraffe, a new greater flamingo exhibit, and a new and improved Cheetah Encounter where guests can witness cheetahs doing what they do best – running!
Moving Forward - Exciting Stuff!
The Zoo is now focused on phase III, a wider vista that will offer visitors a new opportunity to see African lions & cheetahs. Overlooking Africa will be a new dining concept that will be without rival in the region. This indoor and outdoor facility will include group rental facilities as well as an African-themed restaurant for visitors. Phase III construction is underway and is expected to completed in early summer of 2013.
Zebra, gazelles and some of Africa’s most spectacular birds, such as ostrich, grey-crowned crane, and marabou stork will be part of Phase IV.
The final phase will bring hippos, one of the most remarkable and fearsome creatures in all of Africa, and crocodiles . The hippo area will give visitors a dramatic experience by providing both above- and below-water viewing – a much anticipated and desired exhibit by Zoo visitors.
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Witnessing the world's fastest land animal in action is a very rare opportunity – an experience that few people see even on safari in Africa.
Africa - Green Building Standards
As the ‘greenest zoo in America,’ the Zoo wanted to ensure that this project would be built to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Africa is on track to achieve a minimum LEED Certified Gold.
The Zoo partnered with the Metropolitan Sewer District to divert all of the rainwater that drains into the site off the storm water grid. Phase I alone replaced more than one acre of pavement with an acre of green space. Upon completion of Africa, nearly eight acres of green space will be added, which will take one-third of the Zoo’s storm water off the grid. Pervious concrete, bio-swales, and a large rainwater re-use tank will be used to pump out the water for irrigation.
Cincinnati Zoo Connections to Africa
The Centre is located in the South Rift Valley of Kenya, stretching from the Maasai Mara National Reserve through Amboseli National Park, and is one of the most spectacular wildlife areas on the planet. Each year, the Zoo, in conjunction with Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, leads an Earth Expeditions course titled Kenya: Wildlife & People in Integrated Landscapes. Up to 20 teachers, primarily from the United States, travel to the South Rift Valley to engage in community-based conservation in this dynamic landscape. This effort builds on the decades-long research of Dr. David Western, former head of the Kenya Wildlife Service, and the centuries-long research of the Maasai pastoralists, who have long co-existed with wildlife in an open grassland ecosystem populated by elephants, lions, giraffes, zebra, wildebeests, and a remarkable diversity of other species. With the rise of nontraditional lifestyles, private ranches, and fenced lands that prevent needed wildlife migrations, communities of the South Rift have recognized the need to understand the impact of these changes and to work together for a better future.