Houston Zoo’s Wetlands Exhibit to feature whooping cranes

The Houston Zoo’s new Texas Wetlands Exhibit showcases some whooping cranes that were relocated from Maryland after their federally funded habitat closed last year.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the $20 million Texas complex, which opened in late May, is the first of four exhibits being built to mark the zoo’s 100th anniversary in 2022.

The cranes are among three species featured in the exhibit. The other two are American alligators and bald eagles and all three are native to Texas. At one time, all were nearing extinction.

Zoo CEO Lee Ehmke says that the goal is to make the new exhibit engaging and genuine, for both visitors and animals.

Whooping cranes have been listed as endangered since 1967.

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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