When construction for Regenstein Macaque Forest began, I noted I had plenty of fond memories of Kovler Penguin-Seabird House, the building we were saying farewell to. That was a fitting way to put it, as the old Penguin House is now just a memory.
In just three weeks, bulldozers and excavators have totally dismantled the mothballed building, making way for the zoo’s next great exhibit. Now, with the busiest part of summer behind us, we’ve extended the construction footprint to encompass the next stage of the project.
As recent visitors may have noticed, we’ve expanded the construction fence to include the area around Eadie Levy’s Landmark Café and the LPZooChildren’s Train. This will let our expert construction crew begin their efforts to reshape the landscape.
Landmark Café will maintain its classic outline, but the area around it will be redeveloped to maximize garden views and guest relaxation. Similarly, the Children’s Train is temporarily running on the Main Mall as we begin work on the improved Lionel Train Adventure that will take its place at the old site.
The ongoing work is just part of a sustained busy season at the zoo, one complete with our recent Francois’ langur, white-cheeked gibbon and black rhino babies. (The little rhino is still bonding behind the scenes with mom.) To those three new arrivals, I can add one more: a baby klipspringer behind the scenes at Regenstein African Journey.
The tiny antelope was born in early August. Unfortunately, the baby’s mother didn’t display proper maternal care, and the little one had to be removed to be hand-reared. Our animal care staff have done an excellent job nurturing the baby klipspringer. It recently returned to Regenstein African Journey, where it will continue to grow off exhibit.
As this summer’s cinereous vulture chick showed, some new arrivals need more hands-on care than others. We’d always prefer for zoo parents to raise their own carefully planned offspring, but we’re ready to lend our expertise if needed.
The zoo's next great exhibit will be a state-of-the-art home for Japanese macaques, or “snow monkeys.” These lively primates will thrill visitors with rich social displays among hot springs and evergreen trees.