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Thursday, May 15, 2008

What's New at the Zoo?

The staff at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha area glad you asked.

This Saturday, the zoo opens its new Butterfly and Insect Pavilion. The magic is starting to unfold inside the new exhibit as butterflies have been released inside with the beautiful plants and flowing streams.

Construction began in May 2007 on the 14,000 square foot, total immersion exhibit located between the Scott Aquarium and the Giraffe Complex. Viewed from the sky, the exhibit resembles a winged insect.

* Butterfly Conservatory

This 2,450 square foot area will feature 10 foot high glass sidewalls to allow the maximum amount of light inside the exhibit. Natural light, large trees, rocks and water elements are all critical components needed to simulate a natural habitat and important to stimulate natural butterfly behaviors.

* Conservation Promenade

Located in the Butterfly Conservatory, the promenade will wind past numerous waterfalls and over streams, through lush vegetation and loop around the giant Amazon water lily pool. The pool will feature a stilt root tree supporting a floating walkway for visitors to travel through the roots and get an up-close view of the giant South American water lilies. Many species of exquisite butterflies and moths will fly among the visitors. Micro habitats feature many endangered amphibians the Zoo is currently working with in response to the global amphibian crisis. Upon leaving this area, visitors will find a mirrored room to carefully check for hitch-hiking butterflies.

* Chrysalis Hatching Room

A 220 square foot area where butterflies and moths in their chrysalis or cocoon stage will be brought in from all over the world. Once inside, they will be carefully hung in hatching chambers where you can watch them complete their metamorphosis into breathtaking flying insects. The 510 square foot entry hallway leading into the insect wing will contain several displays, such as a locust colony and bee hive, along with interactive

learning opportunities.

* Insect Zoo

This 2,413 square foot area with glass walls is home to ants, spiders, scorpions, walking sticks, mantids, centipedes, roaches, beetles and a host of other amazing creatures. In the center of this experience, two bird cages will house other exotic species such as tropical hummingbirds. A lower level is used to rear butterflies and culture insect colonies, as well as raise the exotic plants for he exhbit.

The site is included in zoo admission. Henry Doorly Zoo is open daily, about a 2hr. 40 minute drive from Storm Lake.