Sunday, February 02, 2003

ZOO RIDES GET VISITORS CLOSER TO CHIMPANZEES

Foundation gives KC Zoo $750,000

...the most significant change will be the addition of a boat dock in the African section. It will allow passengers to disembark nearer the chimpanzee exhibit, which the zoo plans to highlight this year.

The ride will leave from the boathouse near the African market and stop at a new pier near the plains exhibit. Another ride will allow people to get closer to the chimpanzees via a roadway....

Officials expect the new rides to be ready by March 1, before a fund-raising visit on March 4 by naturalist Jane Goodall and the premiere of a new Imax film about chimpanzees....