The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens broke ground Friday on Manatee River, a gift from J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, and the new VyStar SkyScape entrance.
The two transformational projects are part of “Rezoovenation,” the zoo’s capital campaign to upgrade the entrance and expand and add new animal habitats.
The VyStar SkyScape will be the centerpiece of a new Zoo entrance as an iconic open-air roof structure covering 25,000 square feet and extending 50 feet high.
Once through the SkySkape entrance, visitors will see the new Manatee River habitat, an expansion of the current Manatee Critical Care Center that will connect to four additional treatment pools.
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