The new African Savannah exhibit to be opened on 18 October
On Friday, 18 October at 14:00 the new African Savannah exhibit will be officially opened. From Saturday, 19 October, Riga Zoo's visitors will be welcome to explore the new exhibit via the 330 meters long pathway, to meet three antelope species, zebras and the newest inhabitants of the Zoo, Gelada monkeys.
The new exhibit complex covers an area of 1.7 hectares (almost one tenth of the whole area of the Zoo). The next spring it is planned to merge the new exhibit with the existing Giraffe House within an united African savannah wildlife exhibit complex, with zebras, giraffes and two antelope species sharing the large outside enclosure. Monkeys and small antelopes will be seen in separate enclosures.
The construction plans were designed by PS Re-Arta, the building works were completed by PS BBA un Tilts, under the contract with Rīga City. The construction works took two years to be completed. The total costs were ca. 3.1 million EUR. A part of it (400 000 EUR) was covered by Latvian State, the rest – by Riga Municipality. The official opening event will be participated by Juris Pūce, Minister for Environmental Protection and Regional Development, and Anna Vladova, Vice Mayor of Riga.
Savannah Days at the Zoo on 19 and 20 October
On 19 and 20 October at 12:00–16:00 you are welcome to the educational workshop "Let's get to know the African Savannah" at the Zoo's Giraffe House. How the Zebras hide from their enemies? Do Gelada monkeys have two hearts? Is life in savannah easy? Join us and find it out!
Please note that the African savannah exhibit inhabitants have not met the public yet. Not to disturb the animals, please do not move quickly and avoid making loid noise while you are on African Savannah pathway at the Zoo.
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