The Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands opened Friday morning.
"When you talk about transformation that's taking place in the City of Houston, it's taking place right here at the Houston Zoo." - Houston Mayor, @SylvesterTurner— Houston Zoo (@houstonzoo) May 24, 2019
Come see our new Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands exhibit! Learn more: https://t.co/ElhxCdRgpk pic.twitter.com/DAlJdUFVrg
The Wetlands will bring together whooping cranes, bald eagles and American alligators.
On the site of the former duck pond, the Wetlands were designed with living plants to filter water and to flood and slowly release water to the bayous during heavy rains.
#ICYMI: The Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands exhibit is now open @houstonzoo, showcasing 3 native Texas species: bald eagles, whooping cranes, & American alligators. Students from St. Francis of Assisi joined Mayor Turner in introducing amphipods into the habitat today. pic.twitter.com/cfh1poenFz— City of Houston (@HoustonTX) May 24, 2019
Guests will be able to enjoy a boardwalk stroll and experience a close-up view of the animals that were saved from extinction.
The Texas Wetlands is a part of a $150 million centennial fundraising campaign that's scheduled to be completed by 2022.
Exciting news! Our Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands exhibit is set to open Friday, May 24. This lush wetland habitat brings together three native Texas species—bald eagles, whooping cranes, and American alligators. Learn more: https://t.co/M61d8t5GrS pic.twitter.com/LMDN7bTaZN— Houston Zoo (@houstonzoo) April 16, 2019
Other exhibits will include the Galapagos Islands, North Entry, and Reflection. An arrival plaza will highlight the zoo's ongoing fieldwork with animals such as giant tortoises, birds, and marine animals.
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