As Zoo Atlanta celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, it is hard at work replacing its oldest public building, the 51-year-old World of Reptiles. A 14,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art reptile and amphibian complex broke ground last June and is expected to open late next year. Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience is the result of the zoo's largest ever fundraising effort ($22 million and counting) and will provide new digs for the 450 or so reptiles and amphibians who already live at the zoo, including quite a few who are not on exhibit due to space constraints, as well as some large crocodilians and mysterious "exciting new arrivals." (Pleeeease say it's dinosaurs. Jurassic Park taught us nothing.) Torre Design Group Consortium are the architects of the project, which is being built on a site that, according to a press release, has not been accessible to the general public in decades. When completed, it will be Zoo Atlanta's first major new exhibit in more than a decade.
· Zoo Atlanta [website]
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