Topeka Zoo Rain Forest Work Ahead Of Schedule

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The new roof on the rainforest at the Topeka Zoo is taking shape.

Crews have replaced nearly all of the panes that comprise the spherical roof. Visitors will notice the new panels are clearer. Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the old surface had become opaque because of its age, dating back to the 70s, when the exhibit opened.

Wiley says the $1.2 million project is running ahead of schedule. He says caulking and other finish work remains. Once construction workers complete that, zoo crews will replant and move the animals back in.

The exhibit has been closed during the renovation process. Wiley says if work continues at the current pace, it could reopen by mid-May. However, he says it definitely will reopen by Memorial Day.

the exhibit could reopen before memorial day.


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