Zoo demolishing aquatics building to make way for new hippo and penguin exhibit

Crews began demolishing the aquatics building at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Wednesday. / Mike Duran - FOX21 News
Crews began demolishing the aquatics building at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Wednesday. / Mike Duran - FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is taking the next step toward building a brand-new exhibit for hippos, penguins, and other species.

The zoo has begun demolishing the aquatics building, which was built in 1959. A ceremony to kick off the demolition was held Wednesday morning.

Preparations for the demolition have been underway for more than a year. Last August, the zoo sent its two Nile hippos on “vacation” to a zoo in Missouri. Other species that previously lived in the building moved to other parts of the zoo, or to other zoos.

Zoo officials said they’re trying to save the hippo tile mosaic on the side of the soon-to-be-demolished building.

“This mosaic is original to the building and is a beloved art piece that our Zoo construction team is working hard to save and then display in the upcoming exhibit,” the zoo said in a statement.

The $10.4 million project is funded by the Making Waves capital campaign.

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