The long wait is finally over.  African Lion Exhibit is now open at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Monday, July 17th was a day 20 years in the making.  It was the ribbon cutting of the African Lion Exhibit at Binder Park Zoo.  It's not just a new home for lions.  It's also a new home for Al the Aldabra Torioise, The American Black Bear exhibit and the African Tented Camp Village.  According to Binder Park Zoo,

Features of the new African lion exhibit include a grassy meadow with a water hole reminiscent of the African plains. The viewing shelter allows guests to observe the lions face-to-face through a glass wall, or watch them soak in the sun as they catnap on a rock formation.

The African lion exhibit will also share a 2,300+ square foot holding building with the new African painted dog exhibit, which was constructed adjacent to the lions.  The African painted dog exhibit was made possible through generous donations from Frank Zanetti and John and Anne Zanetti in memory of Andrew Zanetti (son of Frank and nephew of John and Anne).  These two large and natural exhibits will provide ample living space for these two magnificent species to roam in Wild Africa.

It does appear however, that the star of the show was taking a cat nap during the event.  That's right, the king of the jungle did not make an appearance at the ribbon cutting on Monday.  But the exhibit is now open for you to enjoy.

Here's a quick sneak peak.

Binder Park Zoo Daily hours between April 13th - October 8th are below:

Monday -Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday 9am to 6pm
Sundays 11am to 6pm


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