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Africa Comes to Life


2006 (Phase I): African elephants Genny C. and Lilac move into their home in the A Step Into Africa Exhibit. The new elephant yard measures approximately 23,000 square feet. The indoor barn is an approximately 11,000-square-foot facility with a 1,000-square-foot visitor viewing area.

2008 (Phase II): A Splash Pool was added to Genny C. and Lilac's home. The Zoo also opened a brand new Baboon Exhibit during this time, too.

2011: The Zoo Society receives $1 million from the Riedman Foundation during the groundbreaking for Phase III of A Step Into Africa in April of 2011.

2012 (Phase III): The final phase of A Step Into Africa is completed and opened to the public in May of 2012. This state-of-the-art exhibit includes three African lions, a Maasai Village, a double-decker Safari Bus and a Dig Zone.