The project's total cost is
"I know we want to get started as soon as possible on the generator and even laying out the footwork for the aviary, to maybe have that done before Boo at the Zoo, maybe start it later this summer," Frye said. "We're talking about it, but we really don't have a plan in place for a starting time for any of it yet."
The grant is good news for crowned crane
The aviary would be located on the left side after visitors pass through the
Frye said it will contain a small parakeet type of bird, or budgie, that people could feed.
The pavilion would be installed near the concession stand to provide a covered area for people to eat. The walkway, which will meet standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act, would connect the area behind the gift shop to the amphitheater behind the
Frye said an area in the penguin exhibit building is already prepared for the generator, which is necessary to provide heat and power the filtration system if the zoo loses power.
Officials had planned to purchase the generator regardless of whether the zoo received the grant, he said, but the additional money is a huge help.
"If it gets below a certain temperature for certain animals, it's devastating," Frye said. "By having the ability to generate heat with the generator and keeping that furnace going, it actually saves our animals' lives."
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