- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - The Sedgwick County Zoological Society has completed its $10.6 million fundraising campaign for construction of the new Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley exhibit in Wichita.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1FvDJfG ) reports zoo officials announced Wednesday that almost 700 donors contributed to the project. Sedgwick County contributed $5.3 million.

Society president Scott Ochs said in a statement that this is the highest number of individual gifts they have received for an exhibit.

Sedgwick County Zoo director Mark Reed said he hopes construction of the elephant exhibit can be completed by the end of this month.

Zoo officials say the exhibit will be slightly more than five acres, and will be the first in the world to feature boat rides that will allow visitors to be in the same water as elephants.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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