Fresno Chaffee Zoo prepares for next big exhibit

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Crews are now preparing the infrastructure for the Chaffee Zoo's next big exhibit and the flamingos didn't seem to mind the noise.

"We're looking at a new species tor that area. The tomistoma, which is false gharial, which is a giant crocodile," said Amos Morris, Chief Operating Officer.

The African Adventure exhibit has been a big hit with so many animals for families to enjoy.

Some of the lions like to pose while others would rather take in a cat nap. Visitors have the chance to feed the giraffes like Baba and Uzuri, and it is a chance too fun to pass up.

Chief Operating Officer Otis Morris expects the new Kingdoms of Asia portion to be just as popular.

"That is our hope is that it will be as spectacular and as engaging and exciting," Morris said.

The warthogs don't know it yet but they'll be on the move. Work on the construction design on the new exhibit is almost finished.

"We will probably more than quadruple that space. It will be an awesome space for warthogs and their activity," Morris said.

Tortoises will join the warthogs in the new space which should be open by the end of January.

It's hoped the Kingdoms of Asia exhibit can open by the end of 2020.
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