The thatched-roof project in the African Village replaces the original roof installed in 2001. The village will reopen sometime in May.
Some 2,500 bundles of South African grass, “the oldest roofing known,” are being installed on the African Village structure at Woodland Park Zoo, says Val Deer, owner of A.C.E. Thatch & Bamboo of McComb, Mississippi, the company doing the work.
Also at Woodland Park, a new exhibit set to open in early May will feature the zoo’s first-ever rhinos, the first of which has already arrived.