Brights Zoo has built a brand new exhibit from the ground up after a fire in December destroyed their oldest barn and killed nearly a dozen exotic birds.
The zoo opened the new “South America Building” on Friday evening to the public.
They have been working on the project non-stop since March.
The brand new facility houses nearly 50 animals originating form South America. Some of the animals featured in the exhibit include sloths, porcupines, different types of monkeys and many brand new, unique animals.
David Bright, one of the zoo’s owners, says it has been a long year since that devastating fire, but they are excited to be back on their feet.
“It’s a breath of fresh air. The barn that burned down was our original barn that was our very first barn built here on the property. It was a big pretty barn. Losing that was devastating. To see it come back to life as something bigger, something better has been a major weight lifted off our shoulders,” says Bright.
The zoo calls this their biggest project yet.
They are excited to open the indoor exhibit as it gives visitors a chance to come to the zoo even in bad weather.