New Africa Exhibit for San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo will open a new eight-acre exhibit, Africa Rocks, this spring. The largest expansion in the 100-year-old zoo’s history, the $68-million project will transform 1930s-era grottos and enclosures into new habitats for African plant and animal species that range from savanna to shore. An ADA-accessible pathway will lead guests through a West African forest, acacia woodlands, Ethiopian highlands, kopje gardens and a Madagascar habitat. The distinctive wildlife that calls these areas home will be the stars: rock hyrax and klipspringers, baboons, leopards and vervet monkeys, sociable weavers and sunbirds, several species of lemurs, and—returning to the Zoo since the 1970s—African penguins. Africa Rocks will include a state-of-the-art habitat for a large flock of endangered African penguins.