Upon entering the Zambezi River Village in Peoria Zoo’s new Africa exhibit
Zoo visitors will experience a unique simulation of African grasslands.  As the visitor overlooks our interpretation of the Zambezi River they will view six different species whose barriers are invisible to the public. Perhaps the first species the visitor will notice will be the White Rhino or the endangered Grevy’s Zebra. As the visitor continues to walk up the boardwalk it would be impossible for them to miss the almost 17 foot tall giraffe.  Perhaps they will even be lucky enough to feed the Giraffe at the interpretive station on top of the boardwalk. Alongside the giraffe are Thomson’s Gazelle and Gerenuk antelope. A lion will undoubtedly be atop a Kopje, a unique island of granite rising from the sea of grasses of the savanna.


Continuing on the boardwalk the visitor will actually experience a drop in temperature as they descend the boardwalk amid the lush, thick foliage and approach many forest dwelling species. Red River Hogs by far the most colorful and striking of the wild pigs will be housed in the same exhibit with Colobus monkeys. Continuing on the path the striking Mandrills are sure to catch the attention of all who walk their way.  These endangered  monkeys are one of the largest species of monkey in the world. Their furry head crests, manes, and beards are quite impressive, but what will really get your attention is their bright coloration. They have thick ridges along their noses that are purple and blue, their noses and lips are red, and their beards are golden. The Aldabra Tortoise and African Crested Porcupines will be getting an upgrade when the move from their enclosures at the current zoo to their new enclosure in Africa!

Upon returning to the Zambezi River Village one last very special experience awaits the visitor.  This one of a kind exhibit is designed to interpret some of the small species living Africa.  Once in the building, the room is filled with an interpretive tree that houses many small exhibits including Zebra mice, Golden Taveta weavers, African rock pythons, Giant Zambian mole-rats, Pancake tortoise, Dung beetles, Hissing cock roaches, Madagascar tree boas.

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Peoria Zoological Society has raised $27.3  Million of $32.1 million for the Capital Campaign. Our attention is now focused on raising the remaining funds required for the Grand new Entrance.  We need your financial support to ensure the Zoo's future success.
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