Zoo's nocturnal house closing; will relocate to new exhibit

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Zoo's 47-year-old Nocturnal House will close its doors to the public this weekend, but will relocate to a new exhibit.

The last day to experience the Zoo's nocturnal house will be Sunday, May 15.

Nocturnal animals like vampire bats, pottos, aardvarks and fruit bats will be relocating to their new home at Night Hunters, phase 1 of the larger Cat Canyon project.

Night Hunters will feature more than 20 animal exhibits and invites visitors to become the prey inside a virtual exhibit with up-close encounters, 4D special effects and interactive signage.

"While these are exciting times at the Zoo, the closing is relatively bittersweet," said Mike Dulaney, Curator of Mammals at the Cincinnati Zoo. "As the head keeper in that building for nearly a decade, I'll be sad to see it go. But I know that both the animals and the guests will really enjoy this new experience at Night Hunters."

The Zoo's Nocturnal House was converted in 1964 from a depression-era animal hospital to 12 individual exhibits. At the time, the Nocturnal House was one of three in the United States.

Night Hunters opens May 21 and is free with general admission.

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