Louisville Zoo opens 2 new exhibits

Louisville Zoo snow leopard
The new snow leopard exhibit honors the animal’s natural habitat in Nepal.

By Sean Baute
Derby City Weekend

As the weather warms up and school children approach spring break, the Louisville Zoo is offering up a few new experiences.

Two new exhibits opened Wednesday: Snow Leopard Pass and Colobus Crossing.

Tibetan Monks blessed the opening of Snow Leopard Pass and The Cub House, honoring the area of the world snow leopards are found in the wild.

Children got the chance for an up-close experience Wednesday morning.

It was also the first day for the colobus monkeys to see their new exhibit.

Colobus Crossing
Zoo visitors can see the monkeys cross overhead.

In Colobus Crossing, the monkeys can actually roam over the top of zoo goers in a netted overpass.

Zoo director John Walczak said these new exhibits, which also feature classroom areas, are an opportunity to educate young minds.

“We create fun opportunities to learn with objective science,” Walczak said. “And then everybody can decide for themselves what their planetary legacy is going to be — how they want to contribute to the good of the world in every action that we take.”

The zoo said none of this would have been possible without community support and grant money from PNC Bank.

Visit the Louisville Zoo any day of the week, year-round. Spring and summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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