Thursday, September 17, 2009


We do not have full details, but the NC Zoo's Watani Grasslands Reserve, an exhibit featuring African elephants, southern white rhinos and various antelope species, received "Significant Achievement" recognition during the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) annual conference yesterday, in Portland, Oregon.

Funded by members and private donors through the NC Zoo Society's $7.5 million, Project: Pachyderms, capital campaign, the "Reserve" includes a new, off-exhibit "elephant barn" and exercise yards. The "barn" includes a heated floor and trunk-activated shower.

AZA made one "Top Award" and two "Significant Achievement Awards" for "excellence in the area of live animal display and exhibit design by an AZA Institution (US or International) or Related Facility member" this year.

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