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New Exhibit Opens at Zoo

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis – A major attraction at the St. Louis Zoo is reopening today after a $3 million renovation project.

The 1904 World's Fair Flight Cage has been redesigned as a cypress swamp, showcasing 16 species of birds that are native to swamps of southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois.

The manager of the Zoo's bird department, Ann Tieber, says there are more than 60 birds in the flight cage.

"They're going to see everything from our waterfowl, our ducks that swim around on the ponds themselves to great egrets that are relatively large, snowy egrets, cattle egrets, black crown night herons, green herons, rosy spoon bills," Tieber said.

"We're also going to be releasing some bobwhite quail today."

The flight cage was built for the 1904 World's Fair and this is its third renovation.

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