Lions and tigers and ... warthogs? This summer you can expect to see some new friendly — and frightening — faces at the zoo.
Zoo Boise will open their new 2.5 acre Gorongosa National Park Exhibit next week, which will showcase new African critters, such as wild dogs ,whose unexpected chirps can be heard throughout the park.
The exhibit highlights the partnership with Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa, which was destroyed during a 25-year war. The partnership extends past the park, however. After a hurricane in Mozambique this April, funds for the park were diverted towards relief efforts. Zoo Curator Harry Peachey says direct relationships with the people of Mozambique only strengthen conservation efforts.
“It’s important that people benefit from conservation work," says Peachey. "That they benefit directly in a tangible way, I mean we all benefit, but it needs to be obvious and it needs to be immediate.”
Zoo Boise’s partnership will generate over $2 million towards conservation and rebuilding efforts in Mozambique. The exhibit will be open to the public on July 17. More information about the project can be found here.
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