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San Diego Zoo Opens New Africa Rocks Exhibit

An endangered African penguin swimming in a pool at the San Diego Zoo's new A...

Credit: San Diego Zoo

Above: An endangered African penguin swimming in a pool at the San Diego Zoo's new Africa Rocks exhibit in this undated photo.

San Diego Zoo Opens New Africa Rocks Exhibit

GUEST:

Rick Schwartz, global ambassador, San Diego Zoo

Transcript

Just in time for the height of the summer tourist season, the San Diego Zoo has opened one of its most ambitious attractions to date.

The new, $68 million, Africa Rocks exhibit stretches through the heart of the zoo and is meant to recreate six different animal habitats from the African continent.

Africa Rocks focuses on lesser known animals from the continent including baboons, leopards, lemurs and endangered African penguins. The penguin habitat features a 200,000-gallon pool. There's also a 65-foot tall waterfall and various rock formations unique to each habitat.

“We’ve done African exhibits before, you go to the Safari Park, and you see all the usual well known animals, and this is an opportunity to really shine the spotlight on species that are just as important and just as amazing to look at and learn about but not as widely known to the general public," said Rick Schwartz, an ambassador for the San Diego Zoo.

The penguin attraction opened last weekend. The other habitats will open in phases.

Schwartz, discusses Thursday on Midday Edition, how this exhibit fits with the San Diego zoo’s global conservation efforts.

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