Ohio zoo readies Africa exhibit

CINCINNATI (AP) — The next phase of a planned $32 million Africa exhibit project should open in southwest Ohio on June 29.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is transforming a former parking lot into a place for lions to roam.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that (http://cin.ci/118ow0W ) the “Africa” exhibit will eventually take up eight of the zoo’s 60 fenced acres. The zoo director says it will be the biggest exhibit the zoo has built.

The exhibit opening this summer will resemble an African savannah, complete with a female lion on loan from the Denver zoo and a male donated by the National Zoo. Two more giraffes are also coming to join the three already at the Cincinnati zoo.

A remodeled zoo restaurant will have a deck overlooking the savannah.

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