- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) - Officials are building a new habitat for zebras at the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton as part of a levee encroachment removal project and renovating the center where primates are housed.

Because the zoo is accredited with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, architects had to follow special requirements when designing the zebra building, the Daily News (https://bit.ly/2eZ2GKd) reported.

“The minimum holding pen size for zebras is 600 square feet,” Interstate Engineering staff engineer Zach Hatting said. “The zoo owns three zebras, so we have three holding pens. Per AZA, there has to be an acclimation/nursery pen if a breeding program were to ever occur or new animals come in. There has to be a separate quarantine pen, too.”

The primates in the Roger Jensen Center will also be moved from the building’s east end, away from a zone where most encroachments are being removed. Because of Association requirements, the floors of the primate exhibits will be repurposed to provide a smooth surface, Hatting continued.

Interstate Engineering officials showed Wahpeton’s flood protection committee plans for the project’s second phase Wednesday.

Interstate will advertise bids for general construction, electrical work and mechanical work during three consecutive Sundays. The advertisements for the bids, which will be opened Nov. 15, were authorized with a 3-0 vote.

Interstate officials estimate the cost for the zebra building and renovations of the Roger Jensen Center will cost over $1.6 million.

Hatting expressed confidence that work could begin shortly after Tuesday, Nov. 15.


Information from: Wahpeton Daily News, https://www.wahpetondailynews.com

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