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Reptile House improvements get underway

Chris Caya WBFO News

The Buffalo Zoo's Reptile House is now closed for renovations.

The list of updates includes a new roof, heating and ventilation system, new and renovated exhibits and interactive educational elements. Zoo President and CEO, Norah Fletchall says, the building is in desperate need of improvements. Fletchall says it was built in 1942 under the leadership of the great Marlin Perkins.

"The fact that we are honoring the past by retaining some of the beautiful structures and facades within that building are critically important." And Fletchall said, the improvements will provide space to care for more than 50 species of reptiles amphibians and fish. "You're going to see some new species in the building including the Komodo dragon, the largest living lizard on the planet, and actually one of the most spectacular animals that you'll ever get to see."   

Senator Chris Jacobs secured $150,000 in state funding for the project which is totaled at $3.7 million. Work is expected to be complete by late Spring of 2019. Fletchall says it's going to "wow" everyone.


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