Delaware’s Brandywine Zoo to Break Ground for New “Eagle Ridge”

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Delaware’s Brandywine Zoo to Break Ground for New “Eagle Ridge”
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Delaware -( The Brandywine Zoo has broken ground, to mark the beginning of construction of new improvements around the bald eagle and river otter exhibits, an area called “Eagle Ridge.”

The Eagle Ridge improvement plan will create a fully accessible path through the hilly, multi-story area at the back of the zoo, that will connect visitors to the bridge that overlooks the otter and eagle exhibits.

“Eagle Ridge will be a great addition to the Brandywine Zoo,” said zoo director Gene Peacock. “It will offer our visitors better views of our eagle and otter exhibits, while at the same time, provide better access to that area for all zoo visitors.”

“This important project is one of many continuous improvements being made at the Brandywine Zoo,” said Michael T. Allen, executive director of the Delaware Zoological Society, the non-profit volunteer organization which supports the zoo’s mission. “Architect, Bob Grove, the board treasurer of the Delaware Zoological Society, designed an attractive, accessible viewing platform and gently sloping walkway for Eagle Ridge. Bob donated his design services to DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation and the Zoological Society.”

Five state legislators – representatives Gerald L. Brady, Stephanie T. Bolden and Charles Porter, and two state senators, Harris B. McDowell, III, and Robert I Marshall – secured a total of $100,000 in construction funds for the project.

“Our heartfelt thanks go out to Bob Grove and our five legislative supporters for all their assistance with Eagle Ridge,” said Allen.

The Brandywine Zoo is located at 1001 North Park Drive in Wilmington, and is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except in November through February, when the zoo is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The zoo is home to a tiger and exotic small cats, red panda sisters, otter brothers, small monkey families, eagles, a condor pair, a family of llamas, and many other animals, reptiles and birds. A new Tamarin exhibit opened this year and new reptile exhibits are coming soon.

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