Razing of the 1931 Main Building

Razing of the 1931 Main Building


As of November 2018, the Main Building at the south end of the Zoo has been demolished.  The building was built in 1931 and did not meet current best practices for animal care, so it was razed. Removal of the outdated structure paves the way for a second phase of Master Plan improvements, to include a new Tropics Complex featuring animals from the ecosystems of Borneo and Madagascar.


Question 1: Why is the Main Building going away?
Answer: The Main Building,  which was built in 1931, does not meet today’s standards for animal welfare or guest experience. Therefore it will be demolished in 2018 which will pave way for a new, state of the art Tropics Complex.

Question 2: Where did all the animals in the Main Building go?
Answer:  Each of the animals were sent to another zoo or moved to a different area at Seneca Park Zoo.  Zoo leadership worked very closely with the AZA Species Survival Plan to find the most appropriate home for each animal.

Question 3: When will the Tropics Complex be complete?
Answer:  The footprint the Main Zoo Building once occupied will graded and planted with grass, for the time being. Planning and design of the new Tropics Complex, which will take its place, as well as entry plaza improvements will begin in 2021, with construction commencing in 2022 and an anticipated opening date of 2023.

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