Construction already underway for new giraffe exhibit

NOW: Construction already underway for new giraffe exhibit

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Potawatomi Zoo shared construction for the new 10,000 square-foot giraffe barn is already underway. With a target opening date for fall 2021 the new indoor exhibit will provide guests with a year-round feeding experience, even during the inclement winter months. 

The Big and Loud project is the zoo's largest animal habitat campaign in zoo history committing to raising $4.8 million for the giraffe feeding adventure and $1.5 million to create a lion habitat. 

“Giraffes are cold sensitive so they can’t be out in the winter time. They can’t be out if it’s you know too slippery so we wanted to ensure that guests can experience giraffes all year long. So kind of unique to this zoo is that you’re going to be able to go into the giraffe barn any time of the year and actually be able to see giraffes in their area and feed giraffes inside the barn," said Josh Sisk, Executive Director of the Potawatomi Zoo. 

The barn will feature an art installation with donor recognition pieces and elevated platforms for guests to come up close and personal with the animals. 

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