Cincinnati Zoo opening 3rd phase of Africa exhibit

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo is opening the third phase of its Africa exhibit this weekend.

Visitors will be able to view the zoo’s new African lions through a 12-foot-tall glass wall and see a giraffe herd from a newly expanded deck. The deck features a covered tree house reaching into the giraffe yard.

The exhibit’s first two phases were completed in 2010. They included an expanded giraffe yard, a flamingo exhibit, and a cheetah encounter where visitors can watch cheetahs run.

The zoo is raising money to complete the final two phases. Zoo officials say they need about $12 million for the fourth and fifth phases that will add zebras, gazelles and African birds.

The final phase will include an exhibit where visitors can view hippos above and below the water.

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