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Arctic Edge construction progressing at The Buffalo Zoo

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The Buffalo Zoo's Siberian tigers and polar bears will have to keep sharing their swimming pool for another year until a massive construction project is complete.

That's from Zoo President Donna Fernandes who says the new complex for bears, wolves and Canadian lynx will be finished in about a year, although the bears will have to wait until after Labor Day next year to move in.

Fernandes says the Delaware Park cultural attraction is having a good year to the point where parking is a problem, although visitors like the convenience of the new entrance right on the parking lot.

Fernandes says workers will be "building the viewing walls for the underwater viewing so you'll see these large concrete forms and spacing where the glass is going to be installed for the two pools."

"You can see the excavation of where the two pools will be. And, we have completed the foundation work for the bear holding building and the life support complex, as well as you can see the sort of concrete foundation of the wolf holding building," she added.

Fernandes says it has been months of digging ever deeper into the ground and now these buildings are starting to rise up from the excavations.

The bears are sharing an area next to the old main building, with the bears in the pool during the day and the tigers taking over at night which she says is good because the bears are daylight animals and the tigers night prowlers.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.