New Omaha zoo exhibit sees some animals moved out of state


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium moved around a lot of animals while it constructed its new African Grasslands exhibit, including those permanently moved to zoos and wildlife centers in Iowa, Texas and other states.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2ggwR0Y ) that beginning in 2014, zoo keepers began training animals to move to new and temporary homes.

African penguins, Stanley cranes and several other birds found new homes at the zoo during construction of the grasslands exhibit, which opened earlier this year. The zoo’s addax were sent to the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa, and to the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas. Grévy’s zebras were sent to zoos in Miami and St. Louis, and dama gazelles were sent to Columbus, Ohio.

Bongo, sable antelope, ostriches and cheetahs were trucked to the zoo’s safari park in Ashland.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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