Major expansion at Omaha Zoo

More changes at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. Director Dr. Lee Simmons is announcing another of his projects is becoming a reality. Work is underway on a new eight million dollar Madagascar exhibit. He says the Hubbard family has stepped forward to pay for the Madagascar exhibit. It will be named in honor of Ted Hubbard. The Gorilla Valley is named after the Hubbard family. Simmons says if all goes as planned, visitors will be able to enjoy this new exhibit next summer. This is just part of a 100-million dollar expansion of the zoo. Simmons says they have reached an agreement with the city for the zoo to obtain the property that is currently Rosenblatt Stadium. A new artic center is planned to be built on current parking facilities. The Rosenblatt space would be used for new parking. Dr. Simmons has a long dream list. Down the road, people will be able to enjoy a new Australian Outback center. Dr. Simmons wants to expand the elephant area of the zoo as well. While much of this is still in the planning stage, work on the new Madagascar exhibit is underway. The Omaha City Council will vote for the first time Tuesday on the new downtown ballpark. This is one step in clearing the way for the zoo expansion.