New exhibit opens in time for the holiday weekend

Posted By: Veronica Ortega

Staff at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo are hard at work putting the finishing touches on Tortoise Trek. The brand new interactive exhibit opens Saturday morning.

"We’ve got all kinds of team members, they’re pounding, they’re digging, and they’re planting. We’ve got a lot of folks here working hard because we are excited about Tortoise Trek opening up," says John Chapo President & CEO, Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

They say it’s the largest animal habitat built at the zoo in 18 years. It will house four types of tortoises including the rare Galapagos Tortoise who can live to be more than 150 years old.

Tortoise Trek will also feature 3 types of Macaws, the Galapagos Tortoise Conservation Center, and a double wide 12 ft long slide and 24 tons of lava rock. 

But what else makes this exhibit so special?

"Kids of all ages can actually walk in with the animals surrounded by the animals completely barrier free," says John Chapo.

Funding for Tortoise Trek came from the Lancaster County Board Visitors Improvement Fund.

The Lincoln Children’s Zoo is open everyday through October 18th.

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