Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Well, actually just lions and bears for now. Brevard Zoo recently announced plans to add a lion exhibit to their Expedition Africa loop. Coming in 2021, the exhibit will provide excellent viewing for the public as well as a diverse and rewarding home for the lions. With the significant decline in Africa's lion population over the last couple of decades, Brevard's Zoo's participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' African Lion Species Survival Breeding Program will help to ensure a future for lions in human care, where they'll be safe from the threats facing their counterparts in Africa.
Back in April, a 5,000 square-foot black bear exhibit opened in the Wild Florida loop at the Zoo. This exhibit will provide permanent housing to bears that have been removed from the wild due to unfortunate cimcumstances. The exhibit's current resident is a two-year old female Florida black bear that was rescued from the wild last year.
Finally, Rainforest Revealed, a $4.4 million exhibit that has been in the works for four years, will open in the La Selva loop around mid-November. This is the Zoo's biggest expansion in its 25-year history. It will bring the South American rainforest to Florida, showcasing animals that have never before been featured at the zoo, as well as overhead tunnels for current animals, plus huge fish, venomous snakes and more.