It was a perfect day to visit Mesker Park Zoo and not just because of the good weather.
Today zoo officials opened a new animal habitat, the Budgie Walkabout.
Hundreds of people gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“To see the day happen cut the ribbon all the kids go into the space it’s just fantastic. It’s now open to the public anybody can come out walk in our budgie walk about space you can experience the birds there’s almost 300 budgies in this area.”(Erik beck / zoo executive director)
Beck says its a great experience for the kids.
“For the kids, it’s a great experience to be able to get up close to an animal really have that connection it’s so important. You start to understand whether they’re in Australia or Africa or Asia their important to our existence as well as their existence so to have an up-close personal experience makes all the difference in the world and these kids will remember being in this space for a long long time.”
The new exhibit cost more than three million dollars.
Beck says they couldn’t have done it without community support.
“We had our key donor Evansville Visitor and Convention Bureau which gave us quite a bit but the then there were a lot of people that gave us a lot of money individuals all the way down to people buying 30 dollar stuff budgies for us giving them away as gifts so we have ran the gambling of donors and it was really hundreds of people that made this happen.”(Erik beck zoo executive director)
The budgie exhibit isn’t the only new development.
Zoo officials say a new penguin exhibit will be under construction in the next few months.