Russell Aquatic Ecology Center Breaks Ground at Gladys Porter Zoo

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RUSSELL AQUATIC ECOLOGY CENTER BREAKS GROUND AT GLADYS PORTER ZOO




Ecology Center Breaks Ground

May 30, 2011

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (May 30, 2011) – Zoo staff is excited to announce that the Russell Aquatic Ecology Center broke ground on Wednesday, February 23, 2011.  Crews have started work on the $2.6 million, 8,000-square-foot aquarium located adjacent to the zoo’s herpatarium.  To make this new exhibit a reality staff had to demolish the former Aquatic Wing, and incorporate a large section of the adjacent bongo display yard. The center will feature: a shark encounter, a ray “touch pool”, native Texas salt and freshwater sport fish displays, a mangrove tank, a grass bed habitat, and a jetties exhibit. Colorful, suspended educational banners and graphics will communicate key concepts concerning ecosystems and the need to preserve them. When completed, the aquatic center will be six times bigger than the original exhibit.

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