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Breaking trails at the Zoo

July 30, 2009

The official ceremony to start work on the Trails of Africa exhibit at the Birmingham Zoo came on July 29, bringing this savannah in the South closer to reality. That’s great news for the community, because it has the potential to make the state’s top tourist destination even more popular.

The groundbreaking, complete with music, dancers and a tree-planting ceremony, illustrates the multiplier effect of private and public dollars, including a $350,000 grant awarded by the Community Foundation and $1.5 million per year pledged by the City of Birmingham over the next 10 years.

According to Zoo CEO Bill Foster, the exhibit shows off the animals in a natural setting, with the possibility of nighttime viewing. Zoologists also will be able to study a new group of male elephants and add to the understanding of this endangered animal.

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