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Zoo Knoxville makes progress on its largest project ever

KNOXVILLE – Zoo Knoxville is making progress on its largest project ever, the Clayton Family Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus (ARC).

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An Arakan Turtle will be one of the residents on the new campus; image courtesy of Zoo Knoxville

The ARC is the next major project in the zoo’s Dream Wilder capital campaign, following the completion of Boyd Family Asian Trek in 2018. Situated on a 2.5 acre campus, the 12,000 square foot ARC Center will be the flagship for Zoo Knoxville’s internationally-acclaimed work to save amphibians and reptiles from extinction. The $20 million project will also create an unparalleled level of guest experience, with immersive educational elements focusing on core STEM concepts. The ARC will also bring exciting new species such as Cuban crocodiles, a greenhouse that allows guests to enter to watch herpetologists at work, and outdoor wetlands that serve as living classrooms for ecological study.

"The ARC will be one of the most important project that Zoo Knoxville has ever completed because of the impact it makes possible,” said Zoo Knoxville President and CEO Lisa New. “Our herpetologists are recognized as experts globally and not only will this allow us to advance the care and conservation of reptiles and amphibians but also inspire the next generation of scientists.”

To follow the progress of building the ARC, visit the website for updates and follow the zoo’s iconic 150-year old Giant Aldabran tortoise “Al” on Twitter at @BigAlSays.

Published November 22, 2019

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