Change in floodplain means construction adjustment for David Traylor Zoo's kookaburra exhibit Featured

Change in floodplain means construction adjustment for David Traylor Zoo's kookaburra exhibit David Traylor Zoo artist rendering

Construction is coming -- and soon -- to the David Traylor Zoo, but some adjustments to the original plan are apparently needed.

Director Lisa Keith says a recent adjustment to the Cottonwood River floodplain is prompting a potential change for the kookaburra exhibit, which will be just south of Mission Madagascar.

 

A new construction timetable is under development, and the exhibit may have to be raised a foot or two to accommodate the 100-year floodplain.

Emporia city commissioners will discuss work to renovate the entrance and waterfowl pond, two other aspects of early construction, during their study session Tuesday after having talks earlier this month.

Construction will take place after the Emporia Friends of the Zoo raised over $4 million, including gifts from over 130 individuals and businesses as well as the WS and EC Jones Trust, Hopkins Foundation, William and Aloha Preston Trust, Jane and Bernard Reeble Foundation, Trusler Foundation and Capitol Federal Foundation. Other features will include a renovated Hopkins Family Zoo Education Center, a nature play area, renovations and expansions to current exhibits and a new North American river otter exhibit.

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