Battle Creek zoo breaks ground on lion, wild dog exhibits

Battle Creek’s Binder Park Zoo has broken ground on two new exhibits connected by the lives of two young people.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that the zoo held a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday for a new viewing area for its current group of African wild dogs. The family of a 26-year-old man who died in a 2010 accident donated a significant portion of the exhibit’s $400,000 cost.

Binder Park Zoo also held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a new lion exhibit. An 11-year-old Kalamazoo girl raised $30,000 for the exhibit.

The two exhibits will share a plaza and will be connected by a chute that allows the animals to experience changing territory.

The wild dog exhibit could open by the end of summer and the lion exhibit is expected to open sometime next year.  (AP)

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