Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park has announced the grand opening of its five-acre Safari Park expansion. It features two endangered pygmy hippos who are making their home in Arizona.
The five-acre expansion, which opened on February 8, includes pygmy hippos, Grévy’s zebra, onagers, caracals and the clouded leopard.
In addition, other species making their debut are red-billed blue magpies, nilgai antelope, and sarus cranes.
Recent population estimates indicate that there may be fewer than 3,000 pygmy hippos in the wild. Both hippos and pygmy hippos are threatened by habitat loss.
Pygmy hippos, Grévy’s zebra and clouded leopards
— Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park (@ZooWildlife) February 8, 2020
Wildlife World’s new pygmy hippo exhibit provides the creatures with two indoor pools, two outdoor pastures and a watering hole with waterfall.
The latest expansion also includes exhibits tailored to the natural habitats and needs of species, with pastures, ponds, islands and water features.
The five-acre addition brings the total size of the Safari Park to nearly 30 acres.
Natural habitat exhibits at Safari Park expansion
We are excited to announce the arrival of two Endangered Pygmy Hippos and the Grand Opening of its NEW Safari Park Addition! Sat, Feb 8th, the long-awaited, 5-acre expansion will be open for the general public to enjoy! pic.twitter.com/LH0w99GEpI
— Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park (@ZooWildlife) February 7, 2020
Elsewhere, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Ohio is expanding its rhino habitat, which will be named the Daniel Maltz Rhino Reserve when it opens in spring 2020.
In the UAE, Al Ain Zoo has released further information about its expansion projects, which include an outdoor exhibition for penguins, a rescue centre, a breeding centre for sand cats, and an open-air chimpanzee exhibit.