Zoo opens third phase of Africa exhibit

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Zoo is opening the third phase of its Africa exhibit on Saturday.

Coming face to face with the Zoo's two new African lions through a 12-foot tall glass wall is just one of many reasons to visit the Zoo when it opens Phase III of AFRICA.

Visitors can also see the Zoo's herd of Maasai giraffe from the newly expanded Giraffe Deck which now features a covered Treehouse that reaches out into the giraffe yard, getting visitors closer than ever to the Zoo's tallest residents.

In addition, there is a new Circle of Love animal encounter area where guests can meet unique African animals. The new African cheetah exhibit features quiet grasslands, a waterfall and a rippling creek passing through.

Right next to the cheetah exhibit guests will find Base Camp Café – the Zoo's new African themed dining facility – featuring more indoor dining space and a new, largely expanded outside deck overlooking the African savannah.

The exhibit also features underground storage tanks that hold roughly 400,000 gallons of water that is collected, stored and reused on site.  The water is used for irrigation and supplying polar bears and sea lion exhibits with make-up water.  The storage tanks reduce the load on the local sewer system and cut the Zoo's dependency on public water for irrigation and filling habitat pools

The Africa exhibit opens to the public on Saturday. For more information, visit the Cincinnati Zoo's website.

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