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Road Trippin' Henry Vilas Zoo

MADISON, IA – (CBS2/FOX28)  Construction crews are moving at a frantic pace to build a massive new exhibit, Giraffes and Red Pandas are putting on a show and thousands of people are crowded along the walkways on this Wednesday afternoon as children smile, point and learn about the animals.  Sadly, many small zoos can only dream about this kind of activity, even on their busiest day of the year.  At The Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, it’s just a typical afternoon of fun.  From its humble beginnings in 1911, it’s grown into a bustling education and conservation center.  Directors like to call it the small zoo with big ideas and it is exactly that.  Right now, nearly one-fourth of the exhibit space is under construction for The Arctic Passage.  The new home for Polar Bears and seals will even include a retired Tundra Buggy.  The elevated buses on huge tires are often used by tourists and scientists to view bears in the great white north, but this one will be renovated into a learning center for kids.  Admission is free at the zoo, as part of the vision to give back to the community and create wild experiences for families.  That means a very loyal group of supporters keep the home of flamingos, big cats and orangutans in great shape and moving into the future.
Come along to meet Wally and Eddie, two of the tallest kids in the world, and some pandas who paint masterpieces.  It’s all at the Henry Vilas Zoo as we take you ROAD TRIPPIN’ to Madison !
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