HOUSTON – The Galápagos Islands exhibit will now open in early 2023, the Houston Zoo announced Thursday, citing supply chain issues.
The zoo said problems receiving key construction materials, such as acrylic viewing panels for the sea lion habitat, caused unexpected delays. The project, part of the cultural icon’s 100th birthday celebration, will now open to the public in the first quarter of next year.
“We’re disappointed the project has been delayed, but we know we’re not the only ones experiencing supply chain issues,” said Houston Zoo President and CEO Lee Ehmke. “Our commitment to conservation in the Galápagos Islands, our animal residents and our guests here in Houston remains steadfast. A short delay in the opening of our exhibit will not distract us from our mission of connecting communities to animals, inspiring action. to save wildlife.
The zoo said the exhibit is the first of its kind to showcase wildlife from the legendary island chain. The design aims to “immerse guests in an environment evoking the unique ocean landscapes and habitats of the archipelago and highlight how to protect it for the future”.
“No place on our planet better illustrates the wonders of unique species, the delicate balance of ecosystems, or the urgent need for conservation action more than the Galápagos,” the zoo said in its press release. “With sea lions, giant tortoises, sharks and Humboldt penguins, the Galapagos Islands at the Houston Zoo will add an extraordinary immersive experience to the world-class Houston Zoo.
See some of the renderings of the exhibit and ongoing construction in the photos below.
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